Hogs linebacker arrested on weapon and drugs charges; suspended indefinitely, UA says

By: Stephen Simpson
Published: December 13, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. - Updated: December 13, 2018 at 12:02 p.m.
Demetrius Walker is shown in this booking photo from the Washington County jail website.
Demetrius Walker is shown in this booking photo from the Washington County jail website.

A linebacker for the University of Arkansas football team has been suspended indefinitely from the team after police arrested him on weapon and drugs charges.

Authorities in Fayetteville arrested Demetrius "Dee" Walker, 21, on Wednesday after a search of his residence, police said. He remained in custody on Thursday with a court date scheduled for Friday.

According to a police report, detectives with the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force in recent months used a confidential informant to arrange a marijuana purchase from Walker.

Then on Wednesday, a search of Walker's home on North Futrall Drive in Fayetteville turned up marijuana, a digital scale, 40 Xanax pills and an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.

Walker faces charges of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, possession of Xanax with purpose to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a report.

Kevin Trainor, a spokesman for UA athletics, said the team was aware of the arrest.

“The student-athlete has been suspended from our football program indefinitely, and we will continue to monitor the situation and cooperate fully with any related legal and campus processes," Trainor said in a statement. "Our continued expectation is that our student-athletes conduct themselves and represent the University of Arkansas in an appropriate manner at all times.”

Walker appeared in all 12 games and recorded 17 tackles as a reserve weakside linebacker this season for the Razorbacks. He had a career-high six tackles in Arkansas' season-ending loss at Missouri on Nov. 23.

Walker is a redshirt sophomore from Moultrie, Ga. He redshirted in 2016 and played in six games last season.


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