Mary Robin Walter Murder

Readers are curious about Mary Robin Walter’s Murder Suspect, Steven L. Hanks got arrested after 42 years. Check out more about the case via this article. 

Mary Robin Walter was killed on January 24, 1980, and the BSCO identified her death as a cold case before the arrest.

Legacy claims Barbara A. (Romano) Butler, 75, of Sennett, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2022, with her loving family by her side.

On July 25, 1947, Barb was born in Queens but spent her adult life in Central New York.

Mary ran her business for over 30 years and purchased her franchise of Volpe Nails, the first full-service salon in the Auburn area. 

Mary Robin Walter Murder Suspect Steven L. Hanks Arrest

Sources claim that the Barton County Sheriff’s Office has detained a suspect in connection with the 1980 murder of Mary Robin Walter, which occurred on January 24.

According to a press release sent by Sheriff Brian Bellendir, 68-year-old Steven L. Hanks was arrested in Oxford, Kansas, and was in the process of being taken to Barton County. Hanks is listed as a Burden, Kansas, resident.

Mary Robin Walter Murder
Sheriff Brian Bellendir says the first warrant was for a home in the 2200 block of 28th Street in Great Bend(Source: KSN).

On Friday, December 9, 2022, the Barton County Attorney’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will participate in a press conference with the BCSO.

At 6:45 pm on that day, Douglas Walter, the victim’s 24-year-old husband, arrived home from work to discover his wife dead in the back bedroom where the murder took place. Before 8 am, he had already departed for work.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Barton County Attorney’s Office will host a joint press conference to provide an update on the investigation.

On December 9, 2022, the Barton County Attorney’s Office, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and the BCSO will participate in a press conference.

Where Is The Killer Now?

The 68 years old suspect, Steven L. Hanks, age 68, of Burden, Kansas, was transported to Barton County, Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced around 6:38 pm.

The killer was arrested in Oxford, Kansas. 

Mary Robin Walter Murder
file photo from 1980 shows the front of the home where Mary Robin Walter was found murdered. (Source: gtribune)

Authorities estimated the shooting time to be between 9 am and 1 pm; Mary Walter had not attended her nursing class at Barton County Community College.

Authorities said at the time that no evidence of a struggle, sexual assault, robbery, or forced entry was discovered by Police after the occurrence. However, a.22-caliber pistol was found at the residence.

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Mary Robin Walter Case Update

The joint meeting between the Sheriff’s Office, Barton County Attorney’s Office, and Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the lobby on the first floor, 1400 Main St., Great Bend, at The Barton County Courthouse.

The Great Bend Tribune reported in 1980 that on January 24, 1980, Mary R. Walter, age 23, was shot at least nine times in her trailer at Nelson Mobile Home Park, a short distance from the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

Before Mary’s passing, the defendant Steven L. Hanks was found guilty of several offenses related to an incident that occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 1981, including attempted rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated violence, and aggravated robbery.

In December 1982, the suspect faced trial for misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges, and a deadlocked jury resulted in the second proceeding.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, the culprit was discharged from parole in December 1993 and paroled in August 1991. 

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