SANTA ANA — The slaying of a former Fullerton police officer was part of a nine-month crime spree by Bill Charles Poynor, prosecutors said Thursday as Poynor's murder trial began.
The prosecutors said they will show that Poynor not only killed Robert T. Walsh but committed at least six robberies in Orange County from November 1994 to his arrest at an Anaheim motel in July 1995.
Poynor's attorney, Linda Van Winkle, admitted that the evidence that Poynor committed several of the robberies is decisive. But she said Poynor did not kill Walsh.
Walsh, 59, who had been a police officer in the 1960s, disappeared on April 14, 1995, while on his route as an ATM technician. Two days later, Easter Sunday, firefighters who extinguished a car fire in a parking lot in Orange discovered Walsh's body inside. He had been shot in the head.