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Soldier charged with slayings of wife, New York trooper

By in Press Enterprise on July 10, 2017

By The Associated Press

THERESA, N.Y. (AP) ‘ An Army soldier killed his wife and a state police trooper who had responded to reports of shots fired at the couple’s rural upstate property, authorities said Monday.

Staff Sgt. Justin Walters surrendered after the Sunday night slayings and was charged with two counts of murder, authorities said. A second woman living on the couple’s property was also shot, but her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening, police said.

Trooper Joel Davis, 36, was shot as he approached the home while responding to the report of gunfire at about 8 p.m. in the town of Theresa, near the Canadian border, said George P. Beach II, superintendent of the New York state police.

Walters’ wife, 27-year-old Nichole Walters, was found dead at the scene. Police haven’t said how she was killed.

State police said Justin Walters, 32, was stationed at nearby Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division. Fort Drum officials said Walters, of Zeeland, Michigan, was a combat veteran who has served at the post since joining the Army in 2007. He did one-year tours in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade in January 2009 and again in March 2011.

WWNY-TV in Watertown reported Justin Walters was clad only in shorts when he was brought to a town court around 4 a.m. Monday to be charged with first-degree murder in Davis’ slaying and second-degree murder in Nichole Walters’ death. He was ordered held in the Jefferson County Jail without bail. Walters didn’t have a lawyer at the arraignment.

When the judge asked Walters if he knew why he was in court, Walters responded that he didn’t know, the station reported.

State police said Davis, of Evans Mills, graduated from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy in May 2013. He originally was assigned to the Troop D Watertown barracks […]    

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