Monroe Murder Suspect Apologizes: “Nobody deserves this. Especially not the kids.”
MONROE, N.C. – 25-year-old Byron Watkins walked out of the Monroe Police Department on Friday afternoon, and right up to a WCCB TV news camera, with a message: “I’d like to tell everybody that I’m sorry, to the family, I’m sorry. I hope you know it truly was an accident. Nobody deserves this. Especially not the kids. I truly am remorseful and I’m sorry.”
Watkins is now in custody after a manhunt that led authorities from North Carolina into South Carolina. Multiple law enforcement agencies tracked him to a home in Lexington County and arrested him in the backyard.
Watkins and 19-year-old Antwan Sturdivant, who surrendered Wednesday, are both now charged with the July 12th murder of Lucero Sosa Capote at her home, in front of her children, on Tower Court in Monroe. Police say the pair broke in, demanded money, shot her, and hurt two of her kids.
WCCB News @ Ten photojournalist Will Bartlett asked Watkins, “Why did you do this?” Watkins replied, “Poor life decisions.” Bartlett then asked, “Poor life decisions? Anything else you want to say to the family?” Watkins replied, “Just that I’m sorry. You know. I am remorseful. I’m sorry.”
Watkins is a convicted felon. His state prison record dates back to 2012, and he just got out in April. His convictions include robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon. “It is frustrating, and someone with his criminal past, we are very familiar with,” says Monroe Police Chief Bryan Gilliard. He says that while the community can rest now that the suspects are behind bars, he is also thinking of the victim’s family. “This is such a terrible crime. It’s a senseless act. You have families that are torn apart,” says Gilliard.
Watkins has been booked into the Union County jail with no bond set. No word on his first court appearance. Sturdivant is also in jail without bond. His next court appearance is August 15th.