Hearing held for NY soldier in deaths of 2 others

Published 11:49 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

PORTSMOUTH (AP) – A Fort Drum soldier accused of fatally stabbing two fellow servicemen has been arraigned on fugitive from justice charges in Ohio and has agreed to return to New York to face murder charges.

A court official says bond was set at $1 million Thursday for 20-year-old Joshua Hunter in Portsmouth Municipal Court in southern Ohio.

Hunter was arrested at a nearby hotel early Wednesday. He is wanted in New York on two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 20-year-old Waide James and 23-year-old Diego Valbuena. Their bodies were found Tuesday in an apartment complex housing mostly military families near Fort Drum.

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Hunter waived extradition. He will be held in the Scioto County, Ohio, jail until New York authorities pick him up.

He declined to have an attorney for the proceeding.