Witness Says She Was Forced To Move Nichole Walters' BodyPosted: Updated:
The first witness in Justin Walters' murder trial testified that Walters forced her to move the body of his dead wife.
Rebecca Finkle was at Walters' property outside Theresa on July 9, 2017, the night Walters is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Nichole Walters, and the state trooper who responded to the domestic violence call, Joel Davis.
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She said she was inside the shed she lived in on Walters' property when bullets started flying. It was only later she discovered she'd been injured.
Finkle testified that's when she called 911. She became so overcome by emotion in Jefferson County Court when her call was played Tuesday morning that she asked for a short recess.
Finkle testified that Justin and Nichole got into an argument a short time before she heard shooting and at one point heard Justin tell Nichole "I'll show you psychotic."
Finkle said she was inside the shed with her daughter and the Walters' young son when bullets started coming through the walls.
She said she shielded herself and the children as best she could, grabbed her phone, and called for help.
Finkle testified Walters ordered her at gunpoint to come out and look at Nichole's body and then drag it to the backyard. That's when she heard more bullets ring out and heard Walters say "I'm done."
Finkle said she returned to the shed and noticed she'd been shot. Her dog had been shot and killed.
Finkle's testimony followed opening statements earlier in the morning.
7 News reporters in the Jefferson County courthouse say the prosecution's opening statement lasted about 15 minutes, while the defense took about 10 minutes.
Defense lawyer Ed Narrow told jurors that the facts in the case are not in dispute, but what is in question is the mental state Justin Walters was in when the shooting happened.
Narrow said Walters "was not responsible for his actions due to mental disease or defect."
Walters is a former Army sergeant who served two tours in Afghanistan. He faces 55 counts, including two for murder.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Nicole Kyle told jurors that the defense would try to convince them that Walters was under the influence of post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol, "but the evidence will show he knew exactly what he was doing."
Besides Finkle, Kyle said the nine men and three women on the jury would hear from a neighbor who witnessed the shooting, emergency responders, and forensic experts.
The jury will also see autopsy photos that Narrow warned them "would be extremely difficult to look at."