Feedback: Fort Drum Soldier Accused In Stabbing Deaths Of Two Other Soldiers


By Diane Rutherford

An arrest warrant has been issued for 20 year old Joshua S. Hunter, originally from Ona, West Virginia, to charge him with two counts of second-degree murder.

Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns and District Attorney Cindy Intschert held a joint news conference Wednesday afternoon about the investigation into the double homicide near Evans Mills.

Burns and Intschert said Hunter, a Fort Drum soldier, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning in Ohio as a fugitive from justice.

They declined to say exactly where he is in Ohio.

Sheriff personnel are en route to Ohio, but it's unclear when Hunter will be brought back to Jefferson County.

"He would be brought before court to be arraigned as a fugitive from justice, would have the opportunity to determine whether or not he wishes to waive formal extradition procedings or waive those procedings and return immediately to New York state," said Intschert.

Burns and Intschert said sometime between November 29 and 30, Hunter stabbed two Fort Drum soldiers at their residence at 28550 Fox Hollow Road, which is located in the Meadows Apartments complex near Evans Mills.

Earlier in the day, officials identified the victims as 20 year old Waide T. James of Cocoa, Florida, and 23 year old Diego Valbuena of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

7 News located two men on who we believe are James and Valbuena.

Authorities said the two sustained multiple stab wounds and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.

The bodies of James and Valbuena were discovered shortly before noon Tuesday after Fort Drum asked civilian law enforcement officials to check on the welfare of the men since they had not reported for work.

James and Valbuena lived in the apartment with another soldier and two civilian women.

"Right now everybody that has been living in the house the last couple of days has been accounted for," said Burns.

Burns and Intschert would not comment on whether Hunter was the soldier who lived in the apartment.

They also would not comment on a motive or whether a weapon has been recovered.

The Portsmouth Daily Times in Ohio reports Hunter was arrested at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Days Inn in Wheelersburg by the Scioto County Sheriff's Department.

(The mug shot is from the Scioto County Sheriff's Department.)

The newspaper reports that Hunter was the murder victims' roommate.

Hunter was arrested without incident, the newspaper reported.

A male who was picked up for questioning Tuesday at the Salmon Run Mall was released.

According to Fort Drum, Hunter joined the Army in 2007 and was assigned to Fort Drum in Feburary 2008.

He was a military police officer with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and returned from a deployment to Iraq in May.

7 News has found a Joshua S. Hunter on who counts James and Valbuena among his friends.

In the 'About Me' part of his page, Hunter writes:  "i dont need anyone but me, i am cold and heartless, noone can hurt me, noone can touch me, in doing so i will forever be truly alone.  i am angry at the world and i will take it out on anyone."

In an ominous message posted on Waide James' MySpace page on February 5, 2009, this Joshua S. Hunter wrote (the spelling is taken directly from the site):

"you will never sleep i will make sure you dont sleep lol i will kill youlol i am going to piss in ur handslol im am going to beat you with guns and batons not just once but again and again" 

According to James' MySpace page, he last logged in to the site on November 28, 2009. 

Valbuena last logged in on November 29.

According to Fort Drum, Specialists James and Valbuena served as motor transport operators with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, and just returned from Iraq in May.

Spc. James joined the Army in March 2007 and arrived to Fort Drum in July 2007. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and overseas service ribbon.

Spc. Valbuena joined the Army in August 2007 and arrived to Fort Drum in January 2008. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and overseas service ribbon.

See our earlier report

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