David Watson has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder.
TUCSON - A former Tucson Fire Captain was back in court on Thursday, May 4.
He's charged in one of Tucson's most infamous cold case murders. David Watson has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder.
He was arrested in April, accused of killing his ex-wife Linda Watson in 2000. He's also charged with murdering her mother, Marilyn Cox, and her friend, Renee Farnsworth, in 2003.
Watson resigned from the Tucson Fire Department shortly after being arrested.
Watson was in court to modify conditions of his release.
His attorneys said they can better represent him if he's out on bond.
Watson had his $2,000,000 bond reduced down to a $900,000 cash bond, despite what Prosecutor Jonathan Mosher told Superior Court Judge Rick Fields about the state's concern for the welfare of the witnesses and the community. This included Watson's ex wife, who in 2007 withdrew her alibi.
“She was going to her friends saying she was scared for her life months before she ever went to the police,” said Mosher.
Watson's attorneys told News 4 Tucson, they don't believe he can come up with kind of money.
Dorothy Brady, the daughter of Renee Farnsworth told the judge, “At this point I would say anyone that has spoken out or knows the truth would be in danger if he was able to make bail.”
“I don't want to live in fear of what he would do in revenge if he got out,” she said.
Pat Hinkle lost two family members, her sister, Marilyn Cox, and niece, Linda Watson. She's also concerned if Watson is let out of jail.
Natasha Wrae said her client is not a threat.
“I don't think David Watson is a killer," said Wrae. "I don't think these homicides are properly charged.”
Watson is scheduled to be back in court in August.