DNA Leads to Homicide Arrest
By: Karen Hubbard
02/25/14 6:15 AM
For Release: February 24, 2014
Contact: Detective Steve Berry
Media Relations Office
A suspect has been arrested in the homicide investigation that began February 4, 2014 at 5950 E. Norland #2 in Mesa. Judith Elaine Walthers, 20, has been booked for First Degree Murder in the death of Kevin Worzalla, age 54. Worzalla's family had called stating that he had not been heard from for a week and requested a welfare check. Officers responded and found Worzalla deceased inside of his apartment with signs of trauma. Worzalla's vehicle and other property appeared to be missing from the residence.
Detectives working the case learned that Walthers had been staying with the victim for several days prior to the discovery of his body. She had also been seen driving the victim's vehicle. She was eventually located and charged with crimes related to the stolen vehicle. When she was arrested for the stolen vehicle, she did not admit any involvement in Worzalla's death. Evidence from the crime scene had been located and submitted to the crime lab for analysis. That analysis returned and showed that DNA belonging to Walthers was on bloody items located inside the crime scene. There was also evidence to support that Walthers had made attempts to clean the crime scene and wash bloody items.
Walthers has been charged with:
1 count First Degree Murder C1F
1 count Burglary-First Degree C2F
1 count Trafficking in Stolen Property C2F
1 count Tampering with Physical Evidence C6F
1 count Theft of Means of Transportation C3F
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