BSO Jail Guard Romanced Suspected Cop Killer
We all know that three Broward Sheriff's Office deputies were arrested earlier this month and charged with supplying contraband to inmates and having sex with them.
Deitrick Johnson and Dep. Kiara Walker (inset)
dentity of the prisoner whom one of the female jail guards was romancing and supplying with contraband. Kiara Monet Walker, a 21-year-old deputy, was consorting with Dietrick Johnson, according to court records. Johnson is one of the notorious pharmacy store bandits who remains a chief suspect in the murder of BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka.
Dep. Walker is accused of exchanging sexually explicit texts and photographs with Johnson, some of which referred to having sex in his jail cell. She is also alleged to have supplied him with a cell phone.
Sources inside BSO tell me that more arrests are expected in the case and that there may have been a plan in the works to smuggle in a gun to an inmate, possibly Deitrick Johnson.
How could a sworn deputy become intimate with a prisoner who is suspected in the cold-blooded murder of a fellow deputy in her own agency? That's a question the continuing investigation is trying to answer.
Sgt. Reyka, by all accounts an exemplary officer, was shot to death behind a Walgreens store in Pompano Beach at 1:30 a.m. August 10, 2007 -- at the height of Johnson's robbery spree. Sheriff Al Lamberti has publicly stated that he believes Reyka's murder is connected to those robberies, but so far there hasn't been enough evidence to make a case.
Veteran private investigator Dan Riemer, who delved into the case, filed court papers last year claiming to have solved the Reyka murder. Although Riemer wouldn't name names publicly, sources say his investigation determined that the pharmacy store robbers were behind the murder, including Johnson, Gerald Joshua, and gang leader Tim Johnson, who is no relation to Deitrick. As the triggerman, Riemer named
Joshua as the triggerman, sources said.
The case has been held up by a lack of evidence, including the murder weapon. Two of Tim Johnson's siblings, Allen Johnson and Consuela Jones, disposed of four guns -- one of which was believed to have been used in the Reyka slaying -- that were linked to the drugstore robberies. BSO recovered some of those guns, but they didn't match the murder weapon. At least one of the gang's guns is still missing.
Deputies charged Consuela Jones with tampering with evidence. Her attorney, Joe Pappacoda, hired Riemer to investigate the case.
One of the few clues in the case made public by BSO is a photograph of the white four-door sedan -- possibly a Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis -- believed to have been driven from the scene by the killers. Riemer learned that a local used-car-lot owner had loaned a white sedan to Joshua and Johnson shortly before the night Reyka was killed. The car hasn't been located.
Riemer learned that the robbers were preparing to hit the Walgreens store in Pompano when Reyka came upon the car.
When the 51-year-old sergeant and father of four noticed the car move, he turned on his blue lights and approached the sedan. That's when the killer gunned him down.
While Deitrick Johnson, whose went by the name "Real Deal" and was allegedly implicated in all 13 pharmacy store robberies, was sitting in jail after his Christmas Eve 2007 robbery arrest when he struck up a romance with Dep. Walker. From the Sun-Sentinel report on the arrest:
Detectives searched Johnson's jail cell and retrieved the phone and a makeshift lighter, consisting of batteries and wires. A piece of paper with Walker's personal number was inside Johnson's bible.
Cell phone records showed Walker and Johnson spoke and sent text messages "several hundred times" during a three-week period. Some text messages were explicit and discussed the pair having sex in Johnson's cell.
The pair also wrote that they loved each other. "Kiara walker im [sic] heavy in love with you," Johnson wrote in one text.
Cell phone pictures that showed a woman's underwear and private parts also were found. Her face wasn't shown.
Johnson and his former cohorts remain top suspects in the Reyka murder.
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