Hunt for killer of North Augusta man continues

By: Lynnsey Gardner
By: Lynnsey Gardner

August 7, 2006

The hunt for a killer continues this afternoon in North Augusta.

It's the tenth shooting in the past two weeks in our area, and neighbors are hoping the killer or killers will soon be off the streets.

22-year-old Robert Watson Jr. was found shot to death in his Carolina Springs home Saturday morning, August 5.

His next-door neighbor tells News 12 that Watson was a nice young man who didn't deserve to die like this.

"My pawpaw heard one shot, my mom said she heard one shot and a car door slam and someone up the road said they heard three shots and they found a bullet casing up the road," recalls Daniel Harris, who lives next door with his nephew James.

One of those shots killed Robert Watson, Jr.

Harris says he didn't wake up until the sheriff's deputies arrived.

"I came out here and found out his cousin found him dead in the living room," Harris says. "His keys were still in the door like he just opened the door and fell down in his living room. And they found him shot."

Harris says his mother heard the shots around 7 o'clock. Watson's lifeless body wasn't discovered until over an hour later.

An autopsy confirmed Watson died of a single gunshot to the back of the head.

It's been two days since Watson's killing. His house is still roped off with crime tape. His car remains untouched in his driveway, and his two dogs are still in his backyard. They're all reminders of a life that no longer exists.

And Harris says Watson's death--a violent crime so close to home--is unsettling.

"I didn't sleep well that night," he says. "And I didn't sleep well last night either. They say it's the first time something like this has happened here, and I hope they catch the people who done it."

Lt. Elwell with the Aiken Sheriff's Office says they are actively pursuing leads and conducting follow up interviews this afternoon.

Anyone who may have seen Robert Watson between midnight on Friday and 7 o'clock Saturday morning is urged to call the sheriff's office immediately.

Crimestoppers of the Midlands is also offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.

If you have any information, call 1-888-559-TIPS.


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