Two years have passed since a woman told a police officer working part-time at Walmart that she had been kidnapped and forced into sexual servitude in a house on Gleason Avenue in Columbus.
A shocking sex-trafficking investigation ensued: Police raiding the house found a 16-year-old girl who also had been abducted and forced to have sex with multiple men after she was featured in an ad on the website backpage.com, investigators said.
The raid led to multiple charges against De’Angelo Maurice Walker, Kimari Miy “Sky” Hill, and Bryshae Shanturia McBride, who now have a date set to go to trial.
During a hearing Wednesday for McBride, Superior Court Judge William Rumer scheduled the trial to begin on Feb. 19.
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Despite appeals for lower bonds, McBride and Hill remain held in the Muscogee County Jail. Walker was released on bond June 13, 2017, according to jail records. Since his arrest, he has had three attorneys, and has written Rumer letters complaining about how his case has been handled, though such communications with a judge are prohibited.
Walker was arrested Dec. 16, 2015, outside the 2801 Airport Thruway Walmart, where Detective Brittney Hayes had been working security about 2 a.m. when she heard the 21-year-old woman’s account of being kidnapped from Hampton, Ga.
Police said Hayes found the woman hiding in the ladies’ restroom. She told Hayes that Walker had ordered her to steal condoms and sex lubricants while he waited outside.
She said she had been forced to have sex with men drawn by an ad on backpage.com. The money they paid went to Walker, she said.
Police surrounded the house in the 2900 block of Gleason Avenue before serving a search warrant there at 9 a.m. that day. They found the 16-year-old girl, who told them she had been abducted from Columbus Technical College, 928 Manchester Expressway.
She was compelled to have sex with eight men, who paid for it, she said. McBride, known also as “Baby Mama,” gave the money to Walker, the girl told police.
Police accused Hill of holding the girl at gunpoint. Hill had a .380-caliber handgun on her, investigators said.
According to a 13-count indictment, Walker, 26, is accused of these 2015 crimes: kidnapping, raping and forcing oral sodomy on the 21-year-old on Dec. 15; falsely imprisoning her that same day; kidnapping the 16-year-old between Dec. 1 and Dec. 13; forcing anal sodomy on her; forcing oral sodomy on her; raping her; twice falsely imprisoning her; and assaulting her with a pistol on Dec. 16.
He faces two counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, one for each victim.
Charged as Walker’s accomplice, McBride, 22, is accused of rape, kidnapping, and two counts each of false imprisonment and trafficking someone for sexual servitude, according to the indictment.
Also charged as Walker’s accomplice, Hill, 26, is accused of rape, sex trafficking, aggravated assault and two counts of false imprisonment, the indictment says.
According to court records, Walker’s bonds totalled $1,250,000. Hill’s total $225,250; and McBride’s remain at $220,500.