Christopher Washburn Charged Thursday in the Alleged April 3rd Murder of Joseph Walker at Alexander Place Apartments in Salisbury

Posted on June 16, 2016

RFP Staff

♦ Christopher Brandon Washburn, 25, of 4408 Piedmont Trace Drive, Greensboro, was arrested Thursday by the High Point Police Department at his home and charged in the alleged April 3rd stabbing murder of Joseph David Walker, 37, at Alexander Place Apartments in Salisbury.  The murder investigation began when the Salisbury Fire Department answered a fire call and found Walker dead inside his smoke filled apartment.  Washburn was said to be a friend of Walker an Iraq War Veteran.

The Salisbury Police were assisted by units of the SBI in processing the crime scene.

Washburn was charged with murder (non specified) (felony) and first degree arson (felony). Under no bond, Washburn was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center. His first court appearance is set for June 17th.

Christopher Brandon Washburn:

The Late Joseph David Walker:

April 3rd RFP Article: “Updated: Suspicious Death Ruled Murder at Alexander Place Apartments in Salisbury, N.C. Victim Identified as Joseph David Walker”:

“The unidentified white male body found Sunday morning during a fire call at 6:45 a.m. to Alexander Place Apartments at 632 Hamilton Drive in Salisbury has now been identified as Joseph David Walker, 37, of Salisbury. The suspicious death is now being called a homicide by the Salisbury Police Department.

A firefighter from the Salisbury Fire Department discovered Walker’s body in a smoke-filled unit and alerted supervisors. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was brought in by the Salisbury Police to assist in an investigation of the suspicious death turned homicide.

Investigators have not named the method of murder employed or have named any suspects.

Some basic facts about Mr. Walker:

He worked at Delhaize group (Food Lion) in Salisbury.

He received a B.A. in Business Administration from UNC Greensboro in 2013.

He is originally from Brevard County Florida and was an U.S. Air Force Veteran in Iraq, serving in the Air Force from 2000 to 2007.

Walker has no criminal record in the state of North Carolina.

Neighbors said Walker has only lived in Alexander Place several months, was originally from outside of Rowan County, and kept to himself.

Residents living at Alexander Place were both surprised and alarmed that the killing and the apparent arson took place. Alexander Place is not far from Jake Alexander Blvd.

Sources have told us that the fire in the apartment was likely set to cover the homicide.”

Alexander Place Apartments 632 Hamilton Drive Top floor:

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