“Adam Ward did not stop shooting until the clip was empty.”
Prosecutors told jurors in the 354th District Court Monday that Adam Kelly Ward gunned down Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael "Pee Wee" Walker in cold blood two years ago. via The Commerce Journal, Greenville, TX
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#63 Mar 11, 2013
Some comments above from both sides of the issue worry me. I agree with many of you that Adam Ward should be held accountable and should not require further research into the case. However, let's try to make our point in a respectful manner. Going off the deep end, like Adam Ward did, is not going to help Michael Walker and his family.
From different articles, it is clear Adam Ward has mental issues that were not addressed. What bugs me with this case is that I cannot seem to find any comment where Adam's dad Ralph shows any sympathy for Michael and his family. Ralph seems to want to blame everyone else for his son's actions. Some weeks prior to the attack on Michael, Ralph stopped Adam from leaving the house with a pistol and a rifle after Adam confronted neighbors for being loud. Ralph struck Adam with the pistol to prevent him from exiting the house. That should have been a final wake up call for his parents. Whatever minimal steps taken by the parents failed to flag that Adam hid one of the pistols. How could one not notice a missing firearm?
Here are excerpts from an article:
Ralph Ward admitted to clashes with officials from the Commerce Independent School District over methods being used to teach his son. The dispute resulted in Ward threatening to file a $28 million lawsuit against the district over the implementation of a program to address his son's alleged dyslexia. Ward said he occasionally would appear at the school unannounced, in order to "catch them in the act" of not using the program.
"What we were interested in was Adam's education and it had been negatively impacted," Ward said, claiming that later actions by the district to try and return Ward to another system were retaliatory in nature.
He agreed that counseling was important for his son when he was younger, but questioned whether it would be helpful as the child grew older and more intelligent.
"Adam could manipulate the system," he said.
Ward, who possesses a doctorate degree in education and manufacturing technology, said he took it upon himself to help teach his son as he grew older, as the defendant still suffered from dyslexia -- which Ward said he diagnosed -- while attending Paris Junior College.
Ward said he also diagnosed his son with bi-polar disorder early in life and brought it to the attention of Commerce school officials, even though several other doctors disagreed with the assessment. "I supplied the school district with volumes of information," Ward said.
Ward also took credit for ridding his neighborhood of at least one "drug house," at which he said exotic dancers lived and cars would arrive and leave at all hours of the night.
Ward said the his son adopted his attitude toward illegal drug usage.
Ward also testified Adam Ward developed a distrust of black males, due the alleged mistreatment his son received while in school.
"He had black male aides since the fifth grade and some of those used more force than they should have," he said.
Ward testified Adam Ward also grew fearful of local police officers, whom he also believed were targeting his son. "I would myself see Commerce Police Department patrol cars following him," Ward said.
And even though Adam outgrew his violent outbursts, his father said the defendant could still become "quite agitated" if someone became verbal with him.
Ironically, it was Michael Walker's dad who gave medical help to Ralph Ward after police pepper-sprayed him following the incident with his son.
I would just like Mr. Ward to step up and either apologize to the victim's family and/or admit that he should have sought medical help for his son. Blaming the police, neighbors, school kids, black people, zoning enforcement and the world is no excuse for lack of parental responsibility. For many professions, one needs a certification in order to practice. However, after reading Ward's comments, I am reminded that we probably should begin to certify people before they have children.
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#64 Mar 12, 2013
I first heard about this story when it aired on a crime show last night. Before I even knew the ending I was struck by the fact that Adam's father continuously justified everything his son did and blamed other people for his son's behavior. Even when describing the events of that fatal day he was so sickeningly light-hearted when he talked about his son spraying the victim with water. He seemed approving and proud. He made me sick the entire show. Plenty of people have dyslexia and live with frustrations. The only thing Adam Ward was a victim of was incompetent parenting. I am not usually in favor of the death penalty, but this one seems appropriate.
#65 Mar 13, 2013
I agree. His father repeatedly made reference to everyone "setting his son off" I think its BS. He shouldve been locked up in a mental institution until he could get his anger under control. It ultimately lead to his own demise. And an innocent man was killed.
New Plymouth, New Zealand
#66 May 2, 2013
Just saw a crime show about this case and did a little research on it.
Clearly, with his background, Ward was a serious accident waiting to happen.
He was like one of those bombs the Taliban bury in the road. It just sits there, maybe for days or months, causing no harm until one day it's triggered and -- BOOM!-- it goes off with lethal force.
I'm certain that if it hadn't been Peewee, someone else at some point would have been the catalyst for Ward exploding into a deadly rage. He was always going to kill, it was just a matter of when and who.
I tend to think he had to be mentally deranged and, if so, that's an illness and not his fault.
Why I say that is because who, in their right mind, blows a non-threatening, unarmed man to kingdom come right outside his own house in broad daylight? Especially when Texas is a death-penalty state?
Wasn't that the act of a madman rather than an evil one? If he'd merely been evil why didn't he at least give himself a chance to get away with it? They say revenge is a dish best-served cold. Why, then, didn't he wait a while, find out where the victim lived and deal with him in a night-time drive-by shooting, for example?
Crazy or not, it was a crime that the family failed to see exactly where he was heading and do something about it.
Incidentally, I have no connection to the killer, or the area; I don't even live in the US.
My sympathy to the victim's family, particularly his children. From everything I've read, it sounds like Peewee was a great guy. Tragic.
#67 Jun 25, 2013
I just saw this on ID and started to cry at the end. I don't know any of these people (I'm in CA) but I agree with so many of these older posts. What kind of "doctor" was Dr. Ward? Why didn't he try to get Adam the help he really needed when it was so obvious that Adam had major mental problems at a very young age? There are way too many "woulda-should-coulda " statements that can be made now, but the bottom line is that Dr. Ward was a very disturbed man...and seemed to bring Adam up to be a very angry young man. Being dyslexic does NOT mean mental problems. There was something severely wrong with both of them! And BTW...where was Mrs. Ward? I didn't catch where she was in all this.
#68 Aug 30, 2013
This kid should have been aborted & hisf father is a brainless enabler who couldn't care or control his own loser son! He got what he deserved but much too late
#69 Sep 4, 2014
I can answer why he didn't show a lot of empathy towards Mr Walkers family. Look up Dick Walker's history.
Since: Aug 14
#70 Sep 6, 2014
Why not just tell everybody.
#71 Apr 2, 2015
I knew Pee Wee back in the late 70's early 80's when we were 18 to 19 years old lost touch with him in the early 80's and had no idea this had happened to him until a few days ago
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