Facebook has deactivated the page of a convicted murderer who had access to a BlackBerry in his Oklahoma prison because it violated the social network's policy.
"In Oklahoma, it is against the law to possess a cell phone in jail," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told ABC News today. "Since his activity was unlawful in that state, we disabled the profile yesterday."
Facebook shut down Justin Walker's page Wednesday after ABC News reported on how the prisoner, incarcerated for murdering a sheriff in 2006, had managed to update his Facebook account from behind bars with photographs and complaints about prison life.
Cathy Lawrence, the mother of the man whom Walker killed, said Wednesday that she was furious to learn that he was able to get a BlackBerry in his cell and has been corresponding with friends and posting photos on Facebook.
"It probably wouldn't be printable what I think about Justin Walker having a cell phone in prison," Lawrence said from her home in Bristow, Okla. "I feel like he's allowed to keep on living his life and he deprived my son of his life and his four children of a father.
"It's insulting that Walker would do something like that," she added.
Walker, 32, was convicted in April 2006 of murder in the second degree after striking a plea deal in the death of Pawnee County Sheriff Dwight Woodrell Jr., who was shot and killed Oct. 13, 2001, while investigating a burglary.
Walker and his co-defendant, James Craig Taylor, reportedly sang the song "I Shot the Sheriff" after committing the crime. Taylor was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.