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Man accused in machete attack goes to federal prison

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Jeffrey Tyrone Walker (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Jeffrey Tyrone Walker (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Chris Gaylor lost part of his arm in the attack. (Source: Family) Chris Gaylor lost part of his arm in the attack. (Source: Family)

A Jackson County man charged with seriously wounding a man over dog poop is now on his way to a federal prison.

U.S. Marshals picked up 53-year-old Jeffrey Tyrone Walker Wednesday afternoon on a federal probation violation stemming from his new charge of attempted murder. Walker is accused of cutting a neighbor with a machete after the pair disputed over dog feces left in Walker's yard.

The attack happened Sunday evening on County Road 75 in the town of Stevenson. The ex-wife of the victim, 40-year-old Chris Gaylor, said he has lost his right arm from the elbow down. She said the arm was hanging by the skin. Doctors are trying to save a leg that was also severely injured in the attack.

Gaylor received deep cuts to both arms, legs, and his head in the attack that happened outside the assailant's home. His ex-wife said Chris was in the process of picking up the feces Sunday when Walker said he needed to go into his house.

"He went in the house and got his shoes, and he came out with a machete behind his back," said Christy Williams. "He immediately hit Chris in the head. Chris has 23-24 staples in his head."

Federal records show Walker was sentenced in the mid-1990s after a conviction of manufacturing and conspiracy to distribute/traffic amounts of crack-cocaine.

Williams, who lives next to Walker, said she had no idea of his prison background.

"Knowing that now, I'm terrified that we even live next door to him. I have an 11-month old granddaughter and a 2-year-old grandson that I helped take care of. Knowing that, it makes me cringe," she said.

Williams said Gaylor has four children under the age of 8.

Gaylor remains in a Chattanooga hospital. Friends of the family have set up a donation page to assist with his medical bills.

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