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Jury finds former lover guilty in death of school secretary

TAMPA — A jury deliberated about two hours Thursday before finding Stanley Larry Telfare guilty of killing a Blake High School secretary.

Elalia Walker, 40, died of brain injuries in October 2007, a week after prosecutors say she jumped from a moving van to escape her former lover.

Telfare, a 48-year-old former custodian at Blake High, stood trial this week on charges of first-degree felony murder and kidnapping. Though jurors convicted him on lesser charges of second-degree murder and false imprisonment, he could still get up to life in prison.

Witnesses said Telfare refused to move on after Walker broke off their affair. Both were married to other people. In May 2007, after a judge dismissed Walker's petition for a protective injunction against Telfare, the school's principal told them to stay away from each other.

The night of Oct. 11, 2007, Telfare was seen striking Walker and throwing her limp body into her van at the Orange River Estates subdivision in Temple Terrace.

Not long after, as Telfare drove by a milk and juice processing plant, Walker leaped from the van. Instead of getting her immediate medical attention, Telfare put her back in the van again. Then he drove to his wife's house, before bringing Walker back to her own home. By then, she was bleeding profusely from the head.

Telfare's attorney argued that Walker jumped because she was angry that Telfare didn't want to have sex with her that night and accused him of telling her husband about their affair.

Walker died after a week in a coma, never able to explain why she had jumped.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Anthony Black ordered a pre-sentencing investigation of Telfare's background but did not set a sentencing date.

Colleen Jenkins can be reached at cjenkins@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3337.

Jury finds former lover guilty in death of school secretary 02/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:38pm]

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