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Watson's second murder trial to go forward

David Watson. (Source: Tucson News Now) David Watson. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Linda Watson. (Source: Family) Linda Watson. (Source: Family)
Marilyn Cox. (Source: Family) Marilyn Cox. (Source: Family)
Renee Farnsworth. (Source: Family) Renee Farnsworth. (Source: Family)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The re-trial of David Watson, the former Tucson fire captain accused of killing three women more than 10 years ago, is going ahead as planned.

The judge denied a request to dismiss the case against Watson and the trial will begin Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Watson's first trial, which lasted seven weeks, ended with a hung jury in November.

The judge did grant a second motion, to have Watson declared indigent. Attorneys Michael Storie and Natasha Wrae, who represented Watson in the first trial, were appointed to handle the case.

A third motion, a request to modify the conditions of release for Watson, was denied. The judge said his bond will stand at $900,000 and if released, Watson would have to wear an ankle monitor.

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.

Linda Watson disappeared in 2000, while Cox and Farnsworth were shot to death on the northwest side of Tucson in May 2003.

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.

The jury will have options in handing down any 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.

TIMELINE

• 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: Murder trial begins.

• Nov. 22, 2016: Trial ends with hung jury.

• Dec. 16, 2016: Judge denies request to dismiss case.

• Jan. 24, 2016: Murder trial expected to begin.

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