Jurors Watch Recording Of Accused Killer Justin WaltersPosted: Updated:
For the first time, jurors heard directly from Justin Walters through a recorded interview.
Walters is on trial for shooting and killing Nichole, who was his wife, and state Trooper Joel Davis at the Walters' town of Theresa home in July of 2017.
The interview took place at the state police barracks in Watertown soon after Walters was taken into custody. Jurors saw about 45 minutes of investigators speaking with the defendant.
Senior Investigator Michael Marvin was one of the officers in the room interviewing Walters on the night of July 9th, 2017, after he had allegedly shot his wife and Trooper Davis.
In the video, Walters told the investigators he had started drinking beer at 4 p.m. that day. He says he didn't know how much he had that night, but that he averaged 18 beers a day.
He also told investigators he took prescription medication for post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia. He said he saw a doctor 2 times a week for PTSD and had gotten treatment in Texas, Alexandria Bay and on Fort Drum.
At the time of the murders, he says he was processing out of the Army.
However, investigators testified Walters did not seem impaired at all and said his demeanor was calm.
When asked about what happened that night, Walters said he didn't know and then said multiple times that people were shooting at him from the road.
Other responding officers say Walters did not indicate that he was being shot at and Trooper Christopher Wyant testified Trooper Davis' guns were fully loaded when he collected them.
Walter's lawyer, Ed Narrow, is arguing Walters was suffering a mental disease or defect at the time of the shootings. In the video, Walters appeared to be confused at times and at one point was flailing his arms. Narrow asked reporters after if that seemed normal.
The doctor who performed the autopsy on Nichole Walters was on the stand earlier Thursday. Jurors heard from Dr. Sophia Rodriguez testified that Nichole had at least 13 gunshot wounds all over her body.
She said the wounds contributed to the lose of blood, which is essentially why Nichole died. She also testified Nichole had blunt force injuries, which could have resulted from her falling.
Gruesome autopsy photos were shown in the courtroom.
A state police investigator who interviewed Walters also testified that while police transported Walters, he asked if he had shot an officer.
Testimony is expected to continue Friday.