New court date set for man charged in stabbing death of girlfriend’s father

Nigel E. Walker
Nigel E. Walker

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The suspect in a Richmond homicide had his case continued in court Thursday until January 5.

26-year-old Nigel E. Walker, who was living with the victim in the 100 block of Westmoreland Street, was previously arraigned on charges including murder in the first degree and stabbing in the commission of a felony. The maximum punishment for the murder charge is life in prison while the maximum sentence for the second charge is five years.

Walker is accused of killing 55-year-old Brian E. Szabo, a Richmond bank executive and the father of a woman Walker was in a relationship with.

Early Saturday morning, officers found Szabo dead in his home in the 100 block of Westmoreland Street. He had suffered an apparent stab wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives have said that they believe the incident stemmed from an argument with Walker, who fled the house after the confrontation. A few hours later, around 5 a.m., Walker returned to the scene and surrendered to officers.

Sources tell 8News, the victim’s wife and daughter were inside the house when it happened.

Szabo worked for SunTrust Bank for more than twenty years. A company spokesperson released a statement that reads “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a truly outstanding leader and friend.  Our heart is with the family at this very difficult time.”

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