Alleged accomplice charged with murder in shootout with former KHON2 anchor’s husband


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department has arrested a man they say caused the death of 27-year-old Tomorio Walton. Walton was shot and killed by a former CNN reporter during a robbery.

Walton was violating his parole out of Memphis, Tennessee.

Walton’s alleged accomplice, Skyy Durrell Barrs, was arrested Thursday. Police say Barrs was in on the robbery and was there that night watching.

On June 30, Lynne Russell said Walton forced her into her motel room at gunpoint, where her husband, former CNN reporter, Chuck de Caro was shot. Walton demanded some of their belongings, but got angry when it took them too long and started shooting. De Caro shot back, killing him.

De Caro was shot three time. The bullets missed vital organs and he is expected to recover.

Russell worked for KHON2 News in 1979 – 1980 and then CNN’s Headline News (now HLN) from 1983 to 2001. She said they were driving from Washington D.C. to California and, after stopping in Albuquerque to have dinner with friends, decided to get a motel room. They chose Motel 6 because it allows dogs, she said.

Police said they do not believe the couple was targeted for who they were.

According to sources Barrs kept Walton as somewhat of a slave, to carry out robberies.

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