Iraq Vet Charged With Murder In Fort Drum Killings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Watertown, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say the military policeman accused of stabbing his two army buddies to death fled in a car belonging to one of the victims and had injuries on his fingers linking him to the crime scene.

A not guilty plea on second-degree murder charges was entered on behalf of 20-year-old Spc. Joshua Hunter Friday morning in Jefferson County Court in Watertown.

Authorities say he killed 20-year-old Waide James and 23-year-old Diego Valbuena, both of Florida, inside the apartment the three Iraq veterans shared just outside upstate New York's Fort Drum.

Their bodies were found Tuesday.

A detective says in a deposition that Hunter had Valbuena's car when he was arrested in Ohio early Wednesday.

Jefferson County detective Scott Sterling also says Hunter made admissions that he killed his two roommates.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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