Woman arrested in slaying of suburban teacher


ORLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) -- Relatives of a 20-year-old Ohio woman charged in the stabbing death of a suburban Chicago teacher say she acted in self-defense.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/Mfd2Y7) reports Alisha Walker of Akron, Ohio, was arrested in a hotel in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Friday and was being held in the county jail there on a first degree murder warrant issued by a Cook County judge.

It was immediately unclear if Walker had an attorney. A listed phone number was disconnected.

Walker's mother, Sherri Chatman, told the newspaper that her daughter told her she acted in self-defense.

Police found 61-year-old Al Filan dead on the floor of his Orland Park home Tuesday. An autopsy determined Filan died of multiple stab wounds.

Filan was a business teacher at Brother Rice High School.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index