Nilexia Alexander’s mother will hold a press conference

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The mother of Nilexia Alexander will speak out for the first time since an arrest was made in her daughter’s murder.

Ashley Alexander will join police for a press conference in Tampa at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The event comes a day after Ronny Walker, 44, was arrested in connection with the teenager’s death.

Police said Nilexia, a runaway, was found dead on Floribraska Avenue on May 6. The 14-year-old died from a gunshot wound.

Police say cellphone records show Alexander was in Walker’s vehicle when she was killed. His DNA was also found inside his vehicle, police said.

Walker was arrested Thursday and charged with first degree premeditated murder with a firearm.

A Tampa woman told 8 On Your Side that Walker spent years in prison after killing his mother, Elaine Caldwell in 2003. He was released just months ago.

“If he had been in jail, he would never have had the chance to kill that baby. He killed a 14-year-old bay,” said the woman, Veronica Denson. “He’s an animal. He should never have been on the streets. If they let him out again, what’s he going to do next time?