Jury Selection Monday for Justin Walters Murder TrialPosted: Updated:
It's a record number of potential jurors. As many as 500 people have been called for jury duty as the murder trial for Justin Walters begins.
Walters, an army veteran, is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and State Trooper Joel Davis.
It was back in July of 2017 when Trooper Davis responded to a domestic violence call at Walters' home near Theresa. Police say Walters allegedly shot Davis when he arrived at the scene. Davis later died at Samaritan Medical Center.
Nichole was found dead at the home.
Now, nearly two years later, Justin Walters will stand trial for their murders and other charges.
With such a high-profile case, New York State Unified Court System spokesperson Lucian Chalfen told 7 News there will be additional court officers in the courtroom.
As for Walters', his lawyer Ed Narrow said he won't dispute that his client was behind the shootings.
However, Narrow plans to use the defense that Walters has a "mental disease or defect" and will call on an Albany psychiatrist as an expert witness. While in the military, Walters served two tours in Afghanistan and Narrow said as a result suffered mental health issues.
Narrow also said he's not sure if Walters will take the stand to testify. Jury selection starts Monday.