GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro man who served 16 years in prison for killing his 74-year-old neighbor in 1991 has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his next-door neighbor earlier this year.
Investigators said 50-year-old Keith Lafond Walker beat 60-year-old Clinton Ballard with his hands and a hammer after an argument in Ballard's home in April.
Police said they found Ballard’s at his home on April 21 in his living room with blunt force trauma about the head, face, and neck.
Allison Overby lived near Ballard and said he was a good friend who got along with everyone.
"I just feel sorry for Mr. Ed the way he had to go like that," Overby said.
Prison records show Walker was convicted in 1993 of second-degree murder in the death of Woodrow McRae. Authorities said Walker was working in McRae's yard the day the man was killed.
Walker was sentenced to 40 years for the murder but was let out of jail after 16.
"If they wouldn't of let him out this would've never occured it wouldn't have even given him the opportunity to harm anybody else," said Chrystal Alston.
Walker was arrested Friday and is being held without bail. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney. His first court appearance is planned for Tuesday.