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Alisha Walker, 20 | Photo courtesy of Orland Park Police Department

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Updated: February 28, 2014 6:32AM



The Ohio woman charged in the stabbing death of a Brother Rice High School business teacher is scheduled to appear in an Indiana courtroom on Monday for an extradition hearing, authorities said.

Alisha M. Walker, 20, of Akron, Ohio, is accused of stabbing to death Alan Filan at his home in Orland Park. Police said Walker has a history of prostitution and battery and that she admitted to stabbing Filan.

An extradition hearing for Walker is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne Ind., a clerk at the county jail said.

If Walker decides to fight extradition to Illinois, she will remain in custody until another hearing is held, the clerk said. If she does not fight extradition, she eventually will be back in Cook County for arraignment on the charge of first-degree murder. She will either be picked up by Orland Park police officers or an extradition service will bring her back to Cook County, the clerk said.

There is no timetable in place at this time for when she will arrive back in Cook County, the clerk said, but it likely will be as soon as possible

Police said Walker was arrested Friday at a hotel in Fort Wayne, Ind., and she was being held over the weekend at the Allen County Jail in Fort Wayne without bail on a first-degree murder warrant issued by Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr.

The police found Filan, 61, dead on his kitchen floor about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday after being called to check on him when he didn’t show up at work. He had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

“Walker confessed to being at the home of the victim on Jan. 18 after Filan contacted her via the Internet site Backpage,” according to the police. “Walker and Filan argued over money, a struggle ensued, which resulted in Walker stabbing Filan multiple times.”

Walker then drove off in her car, the police said. They said she previously had seen Filan at least twice.

Brian Badke, Brother Rice’s head football coach and a 1992 graduate, had Filan for a typewriting teacher when he was a student at Rice.

“I am absolutely shocked. I was very surprised about everything. This is out of character for him,” Badke said. “It is a shock to the faculty, staff and administration. It will be a tough time for the kids who really liked Al. He really cared about his kids. We will keep the Filan family in our prayers. We will always remember Coach Filan. I was fortunate to have known him.”

Walker’s mother, Sherri Chatman, of Akron, said her daughter told her she acted in self-defense.

“Alisha told me she had to” stab Filan, Chatman said Saturday, “that there was nothing else she could do. The only way I see my baby doing that is if she was in danger, in harm. It was either him or her. I think she freaked out.”

Walker’s uncle, Ed Hensley of Winchester, Ky., said he talked with his niece Friday evening in a phone call from the Allen County Jail and that she told him she and another woman, who also worked for an escort service, had gone to Filan’s home Jan. 18.

“They had some sort of two-for-one special and went over there,” Hensley said. “This guy got upset because it wasn’t what the Internet suggested, or whatever. My understanding is the guy wielded a knife at the other girl, and then my niece freaked out, took the knife from him and then stabbed him with it to keep [the other woman] from getting stabbed.”

Orland park police Comdr. John Keating comfirmed in an email Sunday, “There was another woman who traveled to the home with the suspect.” The other woman is not a suspect, Keating said.



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