- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of being an accomplice to the would-be robber who was shot and killed by a former CNN staffer at an Albuquerque motel.

Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said officers with the department’s Special Investigations Division took Skyy Barrs into custody before noon.

The 30-year-old felon is facing numerous charges, including murder for allegedly being involved in criminal activity that led to the death of 27-year-old Tomorio Walton. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Police say it was Walton who tried to rob former CNN anchor Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, a former CNN reporter, the night of June 30 while they were staying at a Motel 6 on the city’s west side.

Surveillance video shows Walton forcing his way into the couple’s room and spending about seven minutes inside before coming out with what appeared to be blood on the front of his shirt.

Russell told police Walton demanded valuables before firing at de Caro, who shot back despite being wounded. Both Russell and de Caro have permits to carry concealed weapons.

A review of the surveillance footage showed a black Chevy Malibu backing into a parking space at the motel before the shootout. Walton is seen getting out of the vehicle and walking to the motel.

According to the affidavit, Barrs gave Walton a large chrome handgun to use. After hearing gunshots, Barrs drove around the parking lot and found Walton lying there, covered in blood. Barrs pick him up for a moment but then drove away.

Police traced the vehicle seen in the video to Barrs and his girlfriend and cross-checked his identity with state probation and parole officials.

Aside from murder, Barrs also faces counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy.

Police have said Walton, also a felon, absconded from parole out of Memphis, Tennessee, and it wasn’t clear how long he had been in New Mexico.

Russell credits de Caro with saving her life. Police say de Caro was shot four times and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Russell and de Caro were on a cross-country trip when the shooting happened.


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