Feedback: Fort Drum Soldier Accused In Stabbing Deaths Of Two Other Soldiers
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.
"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.
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.
"Right now everybody that has been living in the house the last couple of days has been accounted for," said Burns.
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.)
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 MySpace.com 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."
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.
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