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Two charged with murder in connection with Abilene police officer's death


Abilene Reporter-News (TX) — Two people have been arrested in connection with the Monday death of Abilene Police offer Don Allen at his home in Clyde.

Phillip Walter, 29, and Violetta Walter, 30, were charged with first-degree felony murder, Police Chief Stan Standridge said during a news conference Thursday evening.

Phillip and Violet Walter
Phillip and Violet Walter

Bond was set at $500,000 for each.

The pair were linked to goods stolen from Allen’s home, the chief said.

There are no other suspects in the case, he said.

Abilene PD officer Don Allen
Abilene PD officer Don Allen


ABILENE, TX — Good evening. It has been a really long day, and an even longer week.

It is with bittersweet emotion that I am announcing two arrests in connection to the murder of Officer Don Allen.

Shortly after 6p.m., the Texas Rangers and Officers of the Abilene Police Department arrested Violetta Walter age 30 and Phillip Walter age 29. They were taken into custody at a south side apartment complex in the 1000 block of South Clack in Abilene under arrest warrants obtained by the Texas Rangers. They have been arrested for 1st degree felony Murder, which in the State of Texas carries confinement ranging from 5 to 99 years, or life. Their bond is set at $500,000 each.

The investigation is still underway and evidence is being processed. I still cannot discuss specifics of the investigation, but we were able to link the suspects to property taken from Don Allen’s residence. Additionally, physical evidence recovered at the scene has linked the suspects to the crime. While I cannot discuss the specifics, we are confident that we have taken the correct people into custody. We do not believe there are any other suspects.

I was with the family of Don Allen when they were taken into custody and I was able to notify them.

All investigators have worked tirelessly on this investigation. I am grateful to all of them, and especially to the Texas Rangers. They would be standing here with me if they were not still neck deep in the investigation. I also extend my sincere thanks to the Clyde Police Department, FBI and ATF. They have walked with us through this terrible ordeal.

It is important to note that we still need to bury Don Allen tomorrow, and the Allen and Waters families will need us to walk alongside them.

Violetta Walter mug shot will be available once she is booked in to the County Jail


The funeral service for Abilene police officer Don Allen will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Beltway Park Church, 4009 Beltway South.

Burial will follow in Clyde Cemetery. The city of Clyde is donating the plot to the Allen family, according to Keith Selman, city administrator for Clyde.

Residents in both cities are invited to line the route of the procession, which will travel east on FM 707 from Beltway Park Church to FM 1750, then north on FM 1750 to East South 11th Street. It then will proceed east on East South 11th to FM 18 and then east on FM 18 to Clyde.

In Clyde, the procession will turn south on Hunt Street and proceed to the cemetery.

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office will direct traffic within Abilene city limits. The Clyde Police Department will take over in Clyde.


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  1. It is with great sadness, and anger that I leave a message due to the unnecessary death of Officer Allen. The people responsible should suffer the same fate in the same manner. I send the Allen Family my deepest sympathies, and I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Officer Allen.


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