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2/24/2013 6:02:00 AM
Jurors hear of terror on July 4
Ketchner trial for murder moves into second week
Ariel Allison
Ariel Allison
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Last week, jurors in the Darrell Ketchner trial got to hear firsthand reports from neighbors, firefighters, police officers and paramedics about the July 4, 2009 attack on Jennifer Allison and the death of Ariel Allison.

Tim Walsh Jr., 34, said he was jolted awake by Jennifer Allison's screams after falling asleep on his parent's couch after the family's annual Fourth of July barbecue. His parents have lived next door to the Allison family for many years.

"My dad opened the door and I could hear the screaming that much more clearly," he said. "She was saying, 'He's killing me. He's killing me.' She was screaming his name and saying 'Darrell, get out of the house.'"

Walsh said he followed his father out of the house to the fence that separated their property from the Allison family and also started shouting for Ketchner to come out of the house.

Jennifer Allison was about 10 to 15 feet away from him when Ketchner walked out of a side door to the house and shot her in the back of the head, he said.

"I didn't even realize he had a gun until he shot her. She just dropped," Walsh said.

Denise Walsh, Tim's mother, began to cry and had to pause a moment as she described her terror that night as she stood by the door to her home, saw the gun in Ketchner's hand and realized how close her husband and son were to him.

She described the frantic rush back into their home to lock doors, load guns and call 911 after Ketchner shot Jennifer Allison.

"It was Darrell Ketchner that did it," Ryan Walsh, another son of Denise Walsh, can be heard saying on one of the 911 tapes.

Kingman Police officer James Kern was the first person to enter the house as officers rushed in to check to see if Ketchner was still in the home.

"There was blood all over the place," he said. "From where I was standing in the hallway I could see (Ariel Allison) lying on the bedroom floor. She had her head up and she was looking over her feet. Then she put (her head) back down."

"So when the suspect left, Ariel was still alive?" John Napper, Ketchner's attorney, asked Kern.

"Yes," Kern said.

Napper also questioned Kern about the search for Ketchner near the Mohave County Credit Union when Ketchner was later found passed out on the Cerbat Golf Course.

"Wouldn't (Ketchner) have had to go in the opposite direction of the credit union to get to the golf course?" Napper asked.

"We just had the information that people were giving us, and that was not very much," Kern said.

Tanner Miller, an engineer/paramedic with the Kingman Fire Department, said he and another firefighter/paramedic found Jennifer Allison on her side in a pool of blood in the driveway.

Napper asked if paramedics were able to determine if Jennifer Allison's head wound was from a gunshot or a knife.

"On scene we weren't sure. You wouldn't have been able to tell without rinsing out the blood and pulling back her hair," Miller said.

Another firefighter/paramedic said he arrived to find police officers performing CPR on Ariel Allison in the bedroom.

He described placing his hand over a wound in Ariel's chest at one point in an effort to keep blood from seeping out during compressions.

Paramedics tried to give Ariel Allison a chance, he said. They bandaged her chest wound and started IVs to replace lost blood, but she was gone.

Ketchner's trial continues this week.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Say a Prayer

We all know that this is a horrible tragedy that happened, it is upsetting that the family has to go through this trial and the pain all over again. I am sure the victims and family re-live this night every day. For the love of Pete, can you people STOP it with the judging?? Yes this man did a horrible thing, he will meet his maker and have to deal with his actions and sins. I understand everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but will you have some respect for the family and victims? This little gossip town will never change, try focusing on your own life and the sins you have done. You are NOT perfect "People in glass houses should not throw stones"

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Needs To Be Put to Death

I say if Darryl Ketchner gets sentenced to DEATH its still not enough of what he did to a young girls life and dreams and the mother to his kids.

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Family Friend

@Frankly Speaking- Maybe just a little empathy for the younger children who may not even read the paper but will hear from others the details of that horrible night because of what is put in the paper. If it was your family or close friend you may understand a little more where TJ and some others are coming from. It is public knowledge and people do want to hear the outcome of this trial but not relive that night over and over again.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Just wouldnt want a bunch of nosey people getting a "good read" at the expense of my families slaying.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: jack a. lope

you bleeped me >>>>> i did not realize lack of manhood and lack of character were bleepable

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: jack a lope

TJ and others ...... the family IS reliving this. they are sitting in the court room watching. and this attorney trying to make all of the witnesses look like fools.

the family is also ok with this being in the paper, that way we can all see who would do this and who this is.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@tj denton

So who exactly will decide what stories are to be subjected to a news blackut. you?

Anyone, family member or not, is not required to read about it here at all.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: M M

If you are a parent be careful who you bring around your kids. If your significant other is abusing alcohol or drugs something like this is more likely to happen.

Too many people now a days are bringing others into their lives that they hardly know and that increases the chance of a predator in your home. It sounds like common sense and yet these mistakes are so commonly made.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Debi O

I wish there was a like button for this...
I agree with T.J. Dunton, let there be Justice and peace for this family, they have to live with this the rest of their lives quit bringing it up everytime you need a story.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Deborah Hunter

If he did this to my daughter life wouldn't be good enough. eye for an eye... tooth for a tooth... etc...

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: on the sidelines

I know it's hard on the familes involved - but I for one want to hear what's happening with the trial since I can't be there to see it. I hope it can be done quickly so that these families (and the families of those testifying and the jurors)can move forward with their lives!

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

seriously, this is a small town and i dont think that the miner needs to keep making the people who loved this person, of which there are many in kingman, re-live the pain in graphic detail every time the paper wants to sell a story. i didnt even know her except in passing and through aquaintances but still find it offensive that the paper is taking no considerations for the people deeply affected by this. its really shameful. thoughts and prayers to the family still going through this horrible experience.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Just A Mom

Let's remember this guy's kids too. Keep in mind that although the poor kids share the Ketchner name - they are not guilty but are in fact also victims of his.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Im stunned

For the sake and love of everything we hold dear. This man has to die. As fast as it can possibly be done.

Just his mention in the pages on this paper sends chills over everyone that reads it.

The healing cant begin as long as he breathes.

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Brenda Rather

Such a tragedy this beautiful young women had her whole life ahead of her , Shame on this man that did this to her he deserves the fullest extent of the law. .My heart is with the Allison family

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Ernesst Matthews

If someone did this to my daughter I would be doing life right now.

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