SIOUX CITY | Formal murder charges against a Sioux City teenager accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and a friend have been filed.
First Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell on Tuesday filed a trial information containing two counts of first-degree murder against Tran Walker. An arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 14 in Woodbury County District Court. He remains in the Woodbury County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Walker, 18, is accused of stabbing Paiten Sullivan, 17, several times in a vehicle on Jan. 28. According to court documents, Walker told police he "wanted her to feel the pain he was feeling" since she had broken up with him.
Court documents said that Walker began stabbing Sullivan while they were riding in a vehicle with a mutual friend, Felipe Negron Jr., 18, who was fatally stabbed as he tried to protect Sullivan.
Negron and Sullivan, both of Sioux City, were transported from the scene near Jay Avenue and South Cecelia Street to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City, where they were pronounced dead.
Walker was found about an hour later at the Hy-Vee store on Gordon Drive after bystanders reported that there was an injured man at the store.
The trial information filed Tuesday gave no other details of the incident, saying only that Walker, "with malice aforethought, willfully, deliberately and with premeditation killed another person," all legal elements of the charge of first-degree murder.
If found guilty as charged, Walker would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.