Walter Hill

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Walter Hill (born 1915 - died June 9, 2006 in Birmingham) was a former deacon and retired maintenance worker at Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Hill was a veteran of World War II. He retired in 1999, but still spent his days at church, dining with the staff.

On June 9, 2006 Hill was found dead in his home in Enon Ridge by firefighters. He had been shot, his possessions ransacked, and a fire set. Two men were seen leaving in Hill's pickup truck, which was later abandoned at I-59 near the Center Street Bridge.

On January 14, 2008, Derrol Shaw pleaded guilty to Hill's murder, plus the later murders of his alleged accomplice, Ryan Evans, and Evans' grandparents, in exchange for a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.


  • Velasco, Eric (January 20, 2008) "Couple takes in grandson, but move opens door for a killer ." Birmingham News
  • Velasco, Eric (January 14, 2008) "Derrol Shaw, 20, agrees to plead guilty to four Birmingham murders." Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (June 10, 2006) "Sardis deacon, 91, slain; home burned." Birmingham News