Closing arguments begin in Watson's second murder trial - Tucson News Now

Closing arguments begin in Watson's second murder trial

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Renee Farnsworth (Source: Family) Renee Farnsworth (Source: Family)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Closing arguments began Tuesday, March 14, in the second murder trial of David Watson, the Tucson man accused of killing three women more than a decade ago.

Watson, a former fire captain, allegedly killed his ex-wife in August 2000 and his mother-in-law and her friend in May 2003.

He is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his ex-wife Linda Watson and two first-degree murder charges in the deaths of his former mother-in-law Marilyn Cox and her friend Renee Farnsworth.

The prosecution wrapped up its closing arguments Tuesday afternoon and the defense is scheduled to start Wednesday morning. The case could be handed over to the jury as early as Wednesday afternoon, but it is more likely that deliberations will begin Thursday.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Jonathan Mosher argued that David Watson had motive to kill all three women.

David and Linda Watson were in a custody battle over their daughter Jordynn when Linda disappeared.

Marilyn Cox had gone to court to win visitation rights to see her granddaughter, Jordynn. 

A judge had awarded Cox visitation.

Linda Watson disappeared on Aug. 20, 2000 and her body was found near the Silverbell Mine area in October 2003. Cox and Farnsworth were shot to death outside Linda Watson's home on the northwest side of Tucson in May 2003.

Mosher reminded the jury that the defense has argued there were other ways Linda Watson could have died, including suicide, because she was despondent about possibly losing custody of Jordynn.

But Mosher also told the jurors it could not have been suicide.

He told them Linda Watson bled a lot inside her home, but her skull was found three years later, far away, near Silverbell Mine.

Mosher asked how she could possibly have got herself out to the desert. 

Mosher said David Watson had a motive.

With Linda Watson dead, he would get full custody of their daughter, Jordynn, and never have to pay child support or spousal support, according to Mosher. 

Watson's first murder trial ended with a hung jury late last year.

The second trial, which began in January 2017, has lasted about two months and included more than 60 witnesses.

This is not a death penalty case.


• Aug. 20, 2000: Linda Watson disappears.

• May 7, 2003: Marilyn Cox and Renee Farnsworth shot and killed on the northwest side of Tucson.

• October 2003: Body found in the desert near Silverbell Mine area, but authorities are not able to identify.

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

• April 25, 2015: David Watson arrested on murder charges.

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

• November 2016: David Watson's first murder trial ends with hung jury.

• January 2017: David Watson's second murder trial begins.


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