FORT CARSON, Colo. - The Army has filed murder charges against a Fort Carson soldier accused of killing his soldier-girlfriend during a Valentine's Day attack at a Colorado Springs motel.
Sgt. Montrell Mayo is accused of striking Cpl. Kimberly Walker then cutting her with a broken drinking glass and choking her, according to a charge sheet released by Fort Carson Friday.
Fort Carson officials said Mayo is charged with premeditated murder and murder in the death of the 28-year-old Walker, who was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Friends said Walker was Mayo's girlfriend and she had traveled to Colorado to see him for a Valentine's Day rendezvous, according to an arrest warrant.
Colorado Springs police said officers were called to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Circle Drive about 6:30 a.m. on Valentine's Day to do a welfare check. When they arrived, they found Walker's body in the room they were checking.
Police said 24-year-old Mayo fled Colorado, but soon surrendered to police in his home town of Greenville, N.C. Mayo is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life without parole, forfeiture of pay and a dishonorable discharge.