Man Charged With Murder of Officer Julia James

Police in Kent, England has charged a 21-year-old man for the murder of police community support officer Julia James who was found dead last April 27.

Kent Police said on May 10 that Callum Wheeler from Aylesham remains in custody and is due to appear at Medway Magistrates Court via video link on May 11 for the murder of James.

The Crown Persecution Service authorized the murder charge on May 10 after police arrested Wheeler last May 7, according to a police statement.

James, 53, was found dead in Akholt Wood near her home in Snowdown at 4 p.m. last April 27, an hour after she left her house to walk her dog.

According to autopsy results, James died from several head injuries caused by “blunt force trauma.”

Kent police had said that the type of attack was “incredibly rare” and was not connected to any other investigations, which made the search for a suspect “difficult.”

The National Crime Agency had joined the murder investigation, saying that it was committed to “seeking justice for Julia.”

Officers have not established a motive for the murder.

James had worked for the Kent Police since 2008 and was known and respected for helping domestic violence victims in the community.

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