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Indicted NJ detective speaks out about murder charge

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Joseph Walker, a detective with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office and before that an undercover narcotics officer with Newark police never shot anyone is his 18-year law enforcement career.

That all changed on June 6, when after he left a family get-together in rural Maryland with his wife and three small children, he shot and killed Joseph Harvey Jr., who with another large man, was allegedly approaching Detective Walker to attack him.

"My actions that night were solely taken to defend my wife and my three young children, to defend our lives from two men that were trying to hurt us," Walker said. "That's about it."

Maryland State Police have said that the victim Harvey and another man felt Walker's minivan had cut them off on the highway just before the shooting. Not disputed: that from their car the men called Walker's wife and then him the n-world racial slur, that Walker flashed his badge and pistol, and that he stopped his minivan and 6-foot, 290-pound Harvey walked 149 feet, half a football field, from his car to where Walker was by his minivan.

Anthony Pope, Walker's attorney, said his client was "clearly defending his family."

The newly appointed prosecutor for Anne Arundel County in Maryland did not want Walker to get bail. After media reports, he was released on $1 million bail. Then the prosecutor increased the charge to first-degree murder and a grand jury indicted Walker.

Why first-degree murder? Because the prosecutor said that the victim was shot three times. But Pope said that police officers are trained to fire until the threat is stopped.

Walker has been suspended without pay. His police union, which supports him, believes his legal fees will approach a quarter of million dollars.

Walker said he and his family are coping as best as they can by praying and having confidence in their lawyers.

The next step for Walker is arraignment in Maryland. If he is convicted of first-degree murder, he faces 30 year to life in prison.

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