Murder of Cherry Walker by Kimberly Cargill examined on Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?

Mugshot of Kimberly Cargill
Kimberly Cargill was sentenced to die by lethal injection. Pic credit: Texas Dept. of Justice

Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? is investigating the murder of Cherry Walker by Kimberly Cargill in Whitehouse, East Texas.

Cherry was a 39-year-old mentally challenged babysitter who helped Cargill with her children. However, in 2010, Cargill came under investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS) after she was accused of abusing one of her young boys.

Cargill was facing a child custody case, and the authorities subpoenaed Cherry to testify against the manipulative mother.

The cops believe that Cargill decided to murder Cherry rather than allow her to testify. Cargill said she intended to hide the babysitter at her house but that Cherry suffered a seizure and passed away during the drive to her home.

Cargill said she panicked and dumped Cherry’s body on a rural road. She used lighter fluid to set fire to her clothes and fled the scene.

However, the cops say Cargill deliberately asphyxiated her victim by cutting off her airflow. An autopsy was unable to tell precisely how Cherry died.

Kimberly Cargill put on trial for killing babysitter Cherry Walker

Cargill was put on trial for murder, and during the process, the jury learned of a mother who would frequently hit and choke her four children and lock them in their rooms.

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Cargill’s ex-husbands testified against the murderer, accusing her of having them arrested by inventing stories of assault against them. She also allegedly set fire to the apartment of one of her ex-husbands.

Even members of Cargill’s family, including her mother and sister, testified against her, calling her clever and manipulative. Her mother said she’d once overheard her daughter say she wanted to kill her, and her sister called her “the devil.”

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham, a prosecutor for 15 years, said, “I’ve never come across another defendant like Kimberly Cargill. To have someone so narcissistic, someone that is so manipulative and cunning… she is the first and hopefully the last.”

Kimberly Cargill sentenced to death for Cherry Walker murder

Eventually, the killer was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death. Cargill’s defense team argued that their client had a mental disorder and should serve life in prison, but the prosecution argued that Cargill was a danger to society and should be put to death.

At the sentencing, Cherry’s stepmother, Rueon Walker, told Cargill, “Cherry loved you, and she loved your son. She didn’t deserve the horrible thing you did. You took her away from people that loved her.”

Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? airs Mondays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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