Combat veteran in custody for killing wife, state trooper
By Jennifer Cruz
Justin Walters being aided in court by New York State Troopers on July 10, 2017. (Photo: WWNY)
An active-duty soldier arrested for the shooting deaths of his wife and a New York state trooper appeared in a Town of Leray Court on Monday, according to a statement by New York State Police.
Army Staff Sgt. Justin Walters faces first and second degree murder charges. He has been accused of killing his wife, Nichole Walters, 27, Trooper Joel Davis, 36, and injuring his wife’s friend who also lived with the couple.
Originally from Zeeland, Michigan, Walters, 32, is stationed at Fort Drum, some 15 miles from where the shooting took place. He served two tours in Afghanistan as an infantryman.
State Police say they responded to a 911 call around 8 pm Sunday about a domestic disturbance at the Walters’ home in rural Theresa, about 90 miles north of Syracuse. Davis arrived on scene within 20 minutes and immediately radioed dispatch after hearing shots fired.
New York State Trooper Joel Davis was killed in the line of duty Sunday night while responding to a call about a domestic disturbance. (Photo: New York State Police)
But as Davis exited his cruiser, parked about 75 feet away from the