Published On: Sat, Apr 5th, 2014

Andrew Ward ‘felt like killing’ his 12-year-old brother, now murders cellmate with pencil, card

A Phoenix man who told police he killed his 12-year-old half brother last month because he “just felt like killing” is now accused of fatally stabbing a cellmate, authorities detailed.

Andrew Ward, age 27, told police he ‘just felt like killing’ when he murdered his younger brother in their Phoenix home last month.

Now, while awaiting trial, Ward stabbed his cellmate, Douglas Walker, age 33, in the eyes with a golf pencil, cut his throat with a plastic card and stuck a plastic bag down the man’s throat, then admitted it to police.

Walker was stabbed in both eyes with a golf pencil, the police statement said. His throat was cut with a plastic playing card, he was beaten, and his head was smeared with peanut butter.

Paramedics later discovered that his breathing passages were obstructed by a plastic bag and a peanut butter sandwich that was forced down Walker’s throat, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a news conference that despite Ward’s reported indifference in the killing of his half brother, psychiatric experts had evaluated him when he was brought to jail and cleared him.


We have about 400 alleged murderers in our jails,” the sheriff said. “Do you think I have room to give every alleged murderer a private room? No.”

Officers discovered Walker’s injuries when they went to the locked cell after inmates said there was a fight, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Ward told sheriff’s detectives that he had no regrets for the attack,” police said.

Ward previously pleaded not guilty in the March 12 killing of his half brother, Austin Tapio. Ward was arrested after calling 911 from a convenience store near his family’s home. The boy had multiple stab wounds.

Police said when asked why he killed the boy, Ward said, “Honestly, I just felt like killing.”

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