Gilbert home invasion suspect accused of murder

- A Glendale man behind bars for a home invasion in Gilbert that left a 63-year-old man badly beaten inside his home.

The man, identified as Donald Beckemeyer, did not survive, and three months after the incident, the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Joshua Walker, has been arrested.

The incident happened near Pecos and Power Roads in December. According to police, Walker, who did not know Beckemeyer, broke into Beckemeyer's house. The two struggled, and police believe Walker smashed the butt of his pistol into Beckemeyer's forehead.

Police tracked Walker using cell phone records and arrested him. Meanwhile, a neighbor is stunned upon hearing of the crime.

"I had no idea," said Jeff Hoffman. "Saw it go up for sale. Kind of curious. Very similar to our house up for sale. I didn't know anything about it."

Walker is facing 2nd degree murder charges, along with first-degree burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card. In jail, Walker asked the judge if he could get out, but was told he cannot be bonded out. Walker is scheduled to appear in court again on March 21.

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