Walker’s ex-mistress testifies he staged pictures for appeal
The former girlfriend of Paducah Middle School assistant principal Jerry Walker testified Wednesday that he never went to the track meet at the heart of the trial. He’s accused of falsifying evidence when he appealed his termination after he allegedly skipped that meet.
Jennifer Griffith was asked "On the day of the track meet, did Jerry ever go to the track meet?" and answered "No sir."
Wednesday marked day three of the trial. Walker is the former Paducah Middle School assistant principal accused of meeting Griffith in Louisville and trying to use school money to pay for the trip.
Walker was fired. The prosecution says he falsified evidence to appeal his termination.
Almost eight hours of testimony were made on Thursday, including testimony from Griffith.
Griffith says she planned a future, and even talked about marriage with Walker. "He broke my heart. I loved the man. It was heartbreaking," she said.
She sat just feet away from Walker, and testified about a string of lies she says they both told during his tribunal in May 2013.
Walker was supposed to be at a school track meet in May 2013, when instead, Griffith says, she and Walker spent the weekend together. School officials say he gave a $500 expense report to the school for a reimbursement, which led to his termination as assistant principal. That’s when he requested a tribunal to appeal.
"Jerry told me he that he was going to prove he was at the track meet. That was through a series of photographs, ordering wristbands a T-shirt, schooling me on what to say when I was questioned," she said.
Prosecutors showed receipts from a website they say Walker used to buy wristbands that look like bracelets given out at the track meet. Griffith says Walker posed with the bracelet in pictures they took at a Red Robin.
"He told me to get his watch in the picture, he told me to get his wristband. Just several stills of him looking at the menu, drinking a milk shake," she said.
The defense questioned her story, bringing up checks Griffith says Walker used to reimburse her for the wristbands.
"If one of the things you said was that he was so careful not to leave a paper trail, why wouldn’t he have paid you in cash instead of checks?" asked Walker’s attorney, Dennis Null.
Griffith has pleaded guilty to perjury for her involvement. Her sentencing is in May.
Walker’s trial is expected to continue through Friday.