Murder chargePamela Michelle Walker was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly before 8 p.m. on April 8, 2017, inside the home of the murdered woman’s mother. On Thursday, Walker appeared in San Fernando Superior Court charged with murder. Lawyers had hoped to set a date for the accused woman’s preliminary hearing but put that task off until March 29, Paul Eakins, spokesman for the L.A. County District Attorney’s office said. During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial. Walker has remained in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, with bail set at $1 million. If and when the case goes to trail, Diane McQueen said she expects to be called as a witness since Walker was arrested at her home, covered in blood.
Very smart, artisticChristine Diane Himmel was born in West Hills on Feb. 11, 1971. She later moved with her family to Simi Valley, where she graduated from Apollo High School. “She graduated a year early because she was so bright,” her mother said. When her parents divorced, her father moved to the SCV and Christine followed. In 1993, Christine married Eric Himmel and the two “loved each other terribly,” Diane McQueen said. The couple moved to Washington state where Christine worked as a massage therapist. “It was a hard road for both of them,” she said, noting they tried to make it work but couldn’t. Diane McQueen said of the couple: “They didn’t fit.” The couple split after about five years, with McQueen recalling what her ex-husband said: “I learned about me from your daughter.” When he learned of the murder, “He was devastated by it,” she said. Christine Himmel was an avid book reader. “She would design something and build it,” she said. “She was an artist, a free spirit. She loved life.”
New relationshipFor a time, Diane McQueen saw how her new significant other made her happy. They were together 15 years. But, when the two women found each other, it was at a time when Christine was “disabled and sick,” her mother said, without elaborating. “She hadn’t worked for a long time,” she said. “She was in pain, and because of that, she didn’t work,” Diane McQueen said. “Her father got her a condo to live in.” On the day Christine’s body was found, she urged her son: “Please call your dad. Tell him not to go over there. “It was ugly that day,” she said. “It was a horrible day.”