A soldier accused of killing a New York state trooper and his own wife Sunday allegedly planned a foiled school shooting nearly two decades ago, when he was a middle school student in Michigan.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Walters, 32, is charged with fatally shooting New York State Trooper Joel Davis, 36, who responded to a report of shots fired around 8 p.m. at the home. He also allegedly killed his wife Nichole Walters, 27.
When Walters was 15-year-old ninth-grade student at Macatawa Bay Middle School in Holland, MI, he pleaded guilty in Ottawa County Family Court to conspiracy to carry a dangerous weapon, after police were tipped off to his alleged plot with another classmate to kill people at the school before turning the guns on themselves, MLive.com reports.
Walters enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 2007, and deployed to Afghanistan twice, from January 2009 to January 2010, and from March 2011 to March 2012. He was assigned to 10th Mountain Division, and stationed in Fort Drum, New York, the Army said.