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Former congressman's (J.C. Watts) brother held in Eufaula slaying
KOTV ^ | 6/26/03

Posted on 06/26/2003 9:05:57 AM PDT by areafiftyone

Investigators are looking into a homicide in Eufaula. The brother of former Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts is under arrest after turning himself into police.

News on 6 reporter Heather Johnson is in McIntosh County and says state investigators are gathering evidence at the scene of the shooting.

The victim was found shot to death outside Watt's BBQ Restaurant. Authorities say he is 50-year-old Anthony Allen Greco. He had apparently been working for Lawrence Watts, the owner of this restaurant for about a week in a manual labor business.

Investigators say 53-year-old Watts turned himself in around 10:30 Wednesday morning, saying he had shot a man. No charges have been filed. At this point, McIntosh County District Attorney Greg Stidham says he doesn't have sufficient information to charge Watts with anything.

That decision will come when state investigators complete their report on the crime scene. The DA, who personally has known Watts for years, say the whole incident is very surprising. The DA says charges could range from 1st degree murder to self-defense.

Watts is being held, based on his own statement, at the McIntosh County jail. Stidham says the fact that Watts is the brother of former Oklahoma congressman JC Watts won't be a factor in the investigation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: lawrencewatts; ohbrother

1 posted on 06/26/2003 9:05:57 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
If Watts confessed, I'd imagine he confessed why as well. This 'search for a reason' is interesting, read that somewhat annoying. Then there's the comment that this case will be NOT be handled differently just because Watt's brother was a Congressman. Well, this is the first murder report I've ever read where a person whoe turned themeselves in didn't have their first name reported.
2 posted on 06/26/2003 9:16:46 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: areafiftyone
"Stidham says the fact that Watts is the brother of former Oklahoma congressman JC Watts won't be a factor in the investigation."

A statement for the terminally gullible.

3 posted on 06/26/2003 9:21:53 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Bahbah
Wasn't J.C. an OU football star also?

Guaranteed the guy gets off. Maybe. Unless the jury is made up of OSU fans, that far north.
4 posted on 06/26/2003 9:26:31 AM PDT by SerpentDove (Each post focus-group tested for maximum wallop.)
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To: areafiftyone
sounds like a good candidate for a diversity slot at U of M law school
Trent Lott scholarship whinner
5 posted on 06/26/2003 9:59:38 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: areafiftyone
He turned himself in and no charges have been filed yet. This could be justifiable homocide.
6 posted on 06/26/2003 9:59:52 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions
First degree murder charges filed today...
7 posted on 06/30/2003 1:08:25 PM PDT by Monster Zero
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