Questions About Whether Army Knew About Walters' Juvenile RecordPosted: Updated:
It was ten years ago that Justin Walters joined the army. At that time, he had an extensive juvenile court record. Whether the army knew about that record is the question.
By the time Walters was 18, he had nine juvenile criminal convictions, six of them felonies. Justin walters' court records were obtained by WOOD-TV in Walters' hometown in Michigan. But what we don't know is whether whether the Army saw those records when Walters joined around age 22.
Brian Sutton, Army Recruiting Command Public Affairs said, "I can certainly tell you that over the course of the last decade we have greater visibility on certain crimes on the juvenile record."
Army officials won't discuss the Walters case. However, they do point out that in 2007 when Walters joined the military was busy fighting two wars. Plus..
"We expanded the applicant pool, so to speak, to make a larger number of people eligible to join the army," Sutton said.
Walters' state of mind more recently is revealed in some Facebook posts obtained by North Country Public Radio. In them, Walters appears fixated by death. He wrote last month, "You don't know the purpose of death. You struggle with the purpose of life? Death. Death death. Your decomposing corpse is worth more than anything you will do in your life."
In other posts recently, Walters wrote that he had been urged by military officials to "self enroll" in the Army's substance abuse program. And he wrote that he was being reassigned to the Warrior Transition Unit. That's an Army unit that provides support for wounded, ill and injured soldiers.
Walters remains in Jefferson County Jail. The charges so far, first and second degree murder for the deaths of his wife Nichole and Trooper Davis, and a grand jury will likely add more. Walters is being held in segregation away from other inmates.