Florida man charged with killing his
mother using gun, bow and arrow
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[December 01, 2014]
By Kevin Murphy
(Reuters) - A Florida man was charged with
murder on Sunday after police found his mother dead and with arrows
sticking out of her head while she sat slumped over in a chair, police
Michael Watkins, 42, killed his mother, Gloria Watkins, 65, who
was found at their home early on Sunday morning in Mary Esther,
Florida, said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in a news release
and arrest report.
A deputy responded to a call from next-door neighbors of Watkins who
said someone was knocking over Christmas decorations in their front
yard and yelling, the sheriff’s office said.
When the deputy arrived, the neighbors said some people had argued
next door, where the deputy found Gloria Watkins dead and Watkins
wielding a large knife, according to the arrest report. Watkins put
down the knife but officers had to use a stun gun after he resisted
handcuffing, the report said.
Watkins pointed to his mother and said, “You see that, that’s
death,” the arrest report stated. Watkins said he killed his mother
because she was going to kill him first, that he shot her in the
head three times, stabbed her with a knife and shot her with a bow
and arrow, the report said.
Watkins also said he killed his mother because she stole his
diamonds and gave his father cancer, according to the report.
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Watkins is charged with premeditated first degree murder and
resisting arrest without violence, the sheriff’s office said. He is
being held in jail and arrest records do not state whether he has a
lawyer in the case.
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Phil
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