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Murder trial of former Tucson fire captain ends with hung jury

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 4:17 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The murder trial of David Watson, the former Tucson fire captain accused of killing three women more than 10 years ago, ended with a hung jury on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The judge, after questioning the jury about whether there was a possibility of reaching a verdict, thanked the jury members and sent them home.

Watson, however, remains in custody for the time being.

A status hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 2, at which point more will be known about the future of this case.

For now, the attorneys and witnesses remained under a gag order, meaning they cannot talk about the trial.

The jury began deliberating Friday, Nov. 18, and broke for the weekend.

David 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.

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 10-25 years.

The jury has options in handing down their verdict. It can find Watson guilty or not guilty on all, some or none of the charges. For the second-degree murder charge, the jury has the option of finding Watson guilty of the lesser charge of  manslaughter.

• August 2000: Linda Watson disappears.

• 2003: Body found in the desert near Silverbell Mine area, but authorities are 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 identified as Linda Watson.

• 2015: David Watson arrest on murder charges.

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

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