Police continue Walsh murder probe

The son of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh remains under guard in hospital as police continue investigations into the killing of the AFL coach.

Cy Jacob Walsh, 26, has been charged with the stabbing murder of his father but didn’t enter a plea on Friday at a brief bedside court hearing at Adelaide’s Flinders Medical Centre.

In a killing that stunned the sporting community, police say Walsh died around 2am Friday from multiple stab wounds after an argument with his son at their Adelaide house.

The Adelaide Crows are expected to hold further emergency meetings on Saturday as police continue examining the crime scene in a western beachside suburb.

Walsh, 55, died at the scene and his son was arrested a short time later in a neighbouring suburb.

Walsh’s wife Meredith also suffered leg injuries and was also at the Flinders Medical Centre.

The death of Walsh prompted the AFL to cancel Adelaide’s home game scheduled for Sunday but league chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the round’s other games would proceed.

“We know that the usual fun and passion of our game will not be there,” McLachlan said.

The Crows don’t know when they will play again but are scheduled to meet West Coast in Perth next Saturday.

Police said Walsh was stabbed multiple times at the Bungey Avenue house in Somerton Park.

“As the investigation unfolds I’m sure we will find out exactly what happened,” Superintendent Des Bray said.

“For any family, regardless of who it is, it’s one of the worst things that you could imagine that could happen to you.

“The only thing that is different with this is that he has a high profile. The pain and suffering of the family is no different.”

Walsh was hailed by friends and foes over a 32-year career at seven AFL clubs, including 122 games as a player and more than 15 years as a coach.

“He’s a leader of men. Unambiguous, straight up-and-down, clear messaging, inspiring,” Crows chairman Rob Chapman said.

“Genuinely cared – that is probably why he had the longevity in our system. In the football community he has had 30 years, not a lot of people do that unless you’re genuine, care and you’re good at your craft.”

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