Murder Suspect Reportedly Has Juvenile Criminal RecordPosted: Updated:
A Michigan TV station reports that the suspect in the shooting deaths of his wife and a state trooper has a lengthy juvenile criminal record.
Thirty-two year old Justin Walters is in Jefferson County jail on first- and second-degree murder charges in the deaths of 27 year old Nichole Walters and 36 year old Trooper Joel Davis.
Justin Walters is originally from Zeeland, Michigan.
WOOD-TV reports Walters was convicted of eight felonies before he was 18 years old, including malicious destruction of property and possession of marijuana.
The station cites its reporting from 1999, in which Walters and a fellow ninth grader were convicted of conspiracy to carry a concealed weapon and ethnic intimidation after they were accused of preparing a "hit list" of fellow students and attempting to obtain a weapon.
The TV station also reports Walters' mother says her son, who is an Army staff sergeant stationed at Fort Drum, is under treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Walters served two one-year deployments in Afghanistan: from January 2009 to January 2010 and from March 2011 to March 2012.
State police said at a news conference Monday that they didn't know if Walters suffered from PTSD.
"She told us that her son Justin was diagnosed with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder earlier this year," WOOD-TV reporter Evan Dean said. "She said he was getting treatment. She thought he and his wife were doing well. Then, obviously, this happens."
His mother told the TV station she has "no idea" what prompted the shootings.