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Lawyer: Md. man threatened N.J. detective’s family

GAMBRILLS — A lawyer for a New Jersey detective charged with fatally shooting a fellow motorist during a roadside confrontation in Maryland says the detective’s family was threatened.

According to court documents, a witness told investigators that the confrontation started when Joseph Walker’s minivan cut off Joseph Harvey’s car on Saturday. Harvey’s passenger told police that Walker pointed a gun at them as the vehicles swerved at each other. The drivers got out and the passenger says he heard several shots. Harvey was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Capital of Annapolis reports Monday that Walker’s attorney says that Walker’s wife and children were in the van and Harvey threatened to kill the family.

Walker of Eastampton, N.J., is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. He’s held on $1 million bond.