No Verdict In Walters Murder Trial

No Verdict In Walters Murder Trial

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Nine men and three women deliberated into Tuesday evening on the fate of accused murderer Justin Walters.

The Jefferson County Court jury recessed around 5 p.m. They began deliberations around 1 p.m.

Walters is charged with 55 counts, including murder, attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting deaths of his wife, Nichole, and state Trooper Joel Davis.

Davis was the first trooper on the scene of a domestic violence call at the Walters' town of Theresa home on July 9, 2017.

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the jury asked the court to replay a recorded video interview between Walters and state police investigators that took place at state police barracks just after the killings. 

The jury also asked the court to replay the 911 call from next door neighbor Craig Sherbino. He was watching what was happening at the Walters' house from his house and was describing what he was seeing to a 911 operator. 

The jury also asked the court to replay a 911 call and re-read testimony from Rebecca Finkle, Nichole's friend who lived on the Walters' property with her family. Finkle was also shot by Walters that night. 

Walters' defense lawyer, Ed Narrow, says he's glad the jury is taking its time with a verdict.

"We hope that they carefully consider all the evidence that's been introduced," Narrow said. "There's two psychiatrists that have testified and the defense is complex -- we hope the jury takes its time in deciding Justin Walters' fate."

Narrow never challenged the facts of the case or that Walters shot and killed Nichole Walters and Davis.

He and his sole witness, a psychiatrist, claimed Walter suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, childhood trauma, and alcoholism and wasn't control of his actions the night of the shootings.

District Attorney Kristyna Mills and Narrow presented their closing arguments to the jury Tuesday morning.

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