Murder trial of former Tucson fire captain in hands of jury

Murder trial of former Tucson fire captain in hands of jury

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The murder trial of David Watson, the former Tucson fire captain accused of killing three people more than 10 years ago, was put in the hands of the jury Thursday afternoon.

Watson is facing charges in connection with the death of his ex-wife Linda Watson, his former mother-in-law Marilyn Cox and Cox's friend Renee Farnsworth.

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Closing arguments for the much-anticipated trial, which started Oct. 4, were held Thursday and the case was turned over to the jury. Deliberations are expected to begin Friday morning.

The prosecution told jurors the killings of Cox and Farnsworth were an ambush. The defense claimed there is no proof Linda Watson was killed and that the others could have been robbed by a stranger.

Watson, who pleaded not guilty last year, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.

First-degree murder is punishable by death or life imprisonment while a second-degree murder conviction can result in a prison term of 10 to 25 years.

TIMELINE

• August 2000: Linda Watson disappears.

• 2003: Body found in the desert near Silverbell Mine area, more but authorities were not able to identify

• May 2003: Marilyn Cox and Renee Farnsworth shot and killed on the northwest side of Tucson.

• 2011: Body found in the desert was identified as Linda Watson.

• 2015: David Watson arrest on three murder charges.

• October 2016: David Watson's murder trial begins.

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