A veteran charged with killing his girlfriend, Robert Walters also put a hit on his wife, say police

Soon after he was arrested and charged with murdering his girlfriend, Robert Walters asked for help. But the Iraq war veteran, then 23, didn't turn to the military, his lawyers, his parents, or even his friends. Instead, prosecutors allege, he sought out a man whose reputation matched the task he had in mind.

Help me kill my wife, he implored his jail mate. She knows too much.

Walters had been two-timing his wife with Brittney Brashers, a pretty, athletic fellow U.S. Air Force member he'd met overseas. Now Brashers was dead, the victim of what appeared to be a drunk-driving accident. When police responded to the scene, they found Brashers bloody and unconscious in the driver's seat and Walters beside her. Brashers's head was in his lap. He was screaming.

Brittney Brashers and Robert Walters met in the Air Force and had a tumultuous relationship.
Brittney Brashers and Robert Walters met in the Air Force and had a tumultuous relationship.
Brittney Brashers and Robert Walters met in the Air Force and had a tumultuous relationship.
Brittney Brashers and Robert Walters met in the Air Force and had a tumultuous relationship.

Walters told police that he and Brashers were driving home to Colorado Springs after spending the evening at a Denver club where Brashers participated in a photo shoot. During the shoot, he said, she'd taken her top off, which made him "sad." But until the crash, he said, the drive home had been uneventful; with Brashers behind the wheel, Walters said he'd fallen asleep and awoke only when her Pontiac Vibe collided with a sedan and minivan parked on a dead-end street in west Denver at 1:40 a.m. A neighbor who'd heard the crash — and Walters's cries of "Brittney! Brittney!" — called 911.

In the days after the accident, Walters returned to his parents' home in Ontario, California, where his wife also lived. Within minutes of reuniting, he asked her to go for a walk. Then he started talking — and didn't stop for months.

After his arrest, as he sat in a Denver jail cell, Walters decided his best shot at freedom was to destroy the police's most crucial piece of evidence.

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[Walters] says there was just so much rage, and his body was boiling. ... He states that it was all emotion bottled up. Anger, rage and wrath. He states that he just looked over and took a shot in the dark where her head would be, and boom.

— From summaries of recordings of Walters secretly made by his wife

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Robert Walters is slim and good-looking, with a long face and brown hair that he keeps short on the sides, a bit longer on top. Everyone calls him Robbie. On January 22, 2009, at the age of 22, he married a girl named Elena. Court records indicate the two had known each other forever. But they didn't have much of a marriage. Walters deployed to Iraq a few days later, assigned to a security detail on a base there.

It was the same job assigned to Airman First Class Brittney Brashers, a baby-faced 21-year-old brunette with a small, upturned nose and a sweet smile who was from a tiny town in western Illinois. A romance developed. Brashers's best friend, Tiffany Feliciano, told police that Brashers liked Walters because he was a "good bad boy." In a recording obtained by police, Walters calls Brashers "the most important person in the world."

Adultery is against military law, especially flagrant adultery that has a "divisive effect on unit or organization discipline, morale, or cohesion." The maximum punishment is dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and confinement for one year. Feliciano, who was deployed with Brashers in Iraq, told police that the Air Force issued a no-contact order for Brashers and Walters after he was found in her room.

Evidence suggests that they disobeyed that order and continued to do so when they returned stateside in June. At first Walters headed to North Dakota, where he was stationed, and Brashers was sent to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. But within weeks, prosecutors say, Walters was discharged (Air Force representatives have declined to say why) and began bouncing between California and Colorado Springs.

Elena Walters knew about the affair. In late September, documents say, she called one of Brashers's superiors, Master Sergeant Arthur Figeroa, and told him that Brashers was planning to visit Walters in California. Figeroa confronted Brashers, who denied it. He warned her that she could get in trouble for messing with a married man, but Brashers assured him that Walters was planning to get a divorce. Later, however, she admitted that she had in fact gone to California — and brought Walters back to Colorado with her. They moved into a house off-base, where they lived with a roommate.

But their relationship was far from harmonious. They fought constantly, friends told police after her death, especially when they were drinking. Walters himself relayed one such fight in an interview with police the day he was arrested. It started because he'd continued to smoke cigarettes after he returned from Iraq, a habit Brashers hated. He and Brashers were at a club, and, frustrated, she'd danced with another man. Walters called her a whore and asked, "What the fuck are you doing? Like, why you actin' like a slut?" He later admitted that he "finally called her a slut like one too many times" and said she "ended up punching me in the face." He said he started to call the police on her but then hung up.

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23 comments
Acd1
Acd1

Continual willful disregard of the Air Force core values and UCMJ. Prime example of potential unrealized in a wayward young Airman. She'd talk about school and becoming an officer, but then goes and violates (knowingly and repeatedly) multiple military rules, ethics, and orders. She liked a fast life, and rules need not apply. Foxxy Football topless photo shoot? Willful, abusive adulterous affair? Yeah this kid was way off the map. Before you vilify me, ask if this is who you'd want leading your son/daughter in combat. Tragic ending, but not exactly hard to foresee something bad was going to happen to her. She sprinted down the path she chose, wouldn't listen to any course correction, and crashed into a brick wall. I hope her family finds peace, but let's also be a bit objective about the nature of her character and actions.

Aubreyrose
Aubreyrose

I grew up with brittney. She never deserved to die and her family didn't deserve to lose her. This guy is obviously a headcase who needs to be sentenced to the death penalty it has nothing to do with him being a vet. I believe vets are good honest courageous people I mean they've got to be to defend out country. But this guy must of been effed up from the beginning. Brittney is missed and remembered everyday. <3

Sodalite
Sodalite

Walter's mother calls him "her baby" while he is in jail. Seems to me his problems of entitlement and narcissism began with her. Way to go mom.

Lee
Lee

Absolutely Crazy, I was deployed with these two an met them both in Iraq when they had first met each other. Cannot believe this would happen it's so awful.

Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga Teacher Training

A shocking true story! One never knows how a person may react. The play by play of this article makes it so intense, it was like picking up a thriller...

D
D

he is a wanna be bad boy

so bad boy dont hit on woman but they are bad like cool but it dont mean they are bad and mean hehehehe whatever i am a bad boy because it in me and that mean i am coolbut i dont do bad thing lol

If i have a woman like her then i would treat her like a princess and obey her

That dude lose it and now he going to rotten in hell

Melsplace13325
Melsplace13325

It's shameful that the writer of this piece feels compelled to title this piece, "A Veteran . . . ." Would Ms Asmar have started off with "A Black Man . . . ." or "A Jiihadist . . . . ." ? I doubt it. It's simply an underhanded way of attempting to paint our military with a negative brush; making them look seemingly crazy when they come back; etc. Maybe Ms. Asmar should rely on good journalism more than a shock title in the future, if that's possible.

P349807
P349807

So sad and typical, many girls always choose the bad boy that beats them over a "boring nice guy". A man with confidence will never have an empty bed even if abusive, confidence is the greatest aphrodesiac next to power and money over women. She had seen the signs and even admitted he was a good bad boy . Glad I am a boring nice guy.. hope he gets what he deserves in jail then hell. Fell sorry for the family that raised a girl who loved a murderer.

Kezhoa
Kezhoa

it has to do with genetics too!

teddy
teddy

There are unfortunately people like that in any genre. It doesn't reflect on vets. I must admit I was a bit intrigued or I would never have read all 7 pages. Low class begats low class. In any case I want to come to the trial. Where is it being held? I could write a low class book.:)

mdlowe
mdlowe

I am a veteren that served in Iraq, and it tears me up inside to see stories such as this one. It is tough to fight an a war and come back home, but don't blame that on this sorry excuse of a man. War has nothing to do with what happened. Some people just can't cope with real life. This man needs to face reality as well as the death penalty. People like this gives us decent hard working vets a bad name.

katndognco
katndognco

Several people who desparately needed counseling and especially when coming home from war. Why don't we acknoledge the need to do so for all our vets? Not everyone regardless of their training is cut out to handle everything their exposed to. Sadly, this young girls life is over and what of her parents, friends and other family members? WIth proper counseling, perhaps this could have been avoided.

B
B

and the demonizing of veterans continues. this was a man who "happened" to be a veteran, that murdered, not the other way around. the headline implies that veterans murder their loved ones...another reason to be suspicious of veterans and patriots.

freedom me
freedom me

And should we expect more out of these train Killer's ? My only problem is i think it's way more than is being reported .

Joet44co
Joet44co

Just what we need now...another moron in the news? Where & how do these idiots grow up? Hang the moron!!!

Nixxx69
Nixxx69

I'm a Veteran , If he did these things to American women here. I can't imangine what he did in the War? Personally I would take the Bastard out back and shoot him. prison is to good for a ass like that. Your a damn punk. Either way your going to pay. Trust me!

Ray Denonville
Ray Denonville

Just like in True Detective magazine, this is good reading.

Devoc58
Devoc58

Learn some grammer. What the hell are you even saying?

Adrian
Adrian

Trust me I knew him all the way back in his first days in the Air Force, he was always crazy. You could tell his life story wasn't going to end well.

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