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Crime Trackers: Some jurors speak out on David Watson verdict

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After a seven week trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of David Watson, accused of killing his ex-wife and two other women.

Watson, a former Tucson Fire Captain, was accused of killing his first ex-wife, Linda Watson, in 2000 and then her mother, Marilyn Cox, and her friend, Renee Farnsworth, three years later. Prosecutors say the killings were tied to David Watson's desire to keep full custody of his daughter with Linda Watson.

“This case was tough because there was no hard evidence whatsoever,” said Jared, one of the 12 jurors who sat through the seven week trial and deliberated for three days.

“I don't want to get this twisted, we took a vote at the beginning of deliberations as to where we all stood, what we feel not based on evidence,” he said. “Unanimously, we all felt that he was guilty.”

When the jury broke it down, and went over the evidence and testimony, the votes drastically changed.

“For the Linda Watson disappearance, it was actually an 11 to one, based on the evidence not guilty,” he said. “The Marilyn Cox and Renee Farnsworth, it was an eight to four. Eight not guilty, four guilty.”

Linda Watson’s disappearance in 2000 received a 10 to two vote to acquit David Watson.

Tracey was another one of the 12 jurors. She said the state did not prove David Watson killed her, despite the fact Linda’s blood was found in the house.

“The news kept saying they found a body. It was just a cranium. How it go there, who knows,” said Tracey. “There was no DNA of Dave in the whole place.”

In the 2003 murders of Cox and Farnsworth, the jury voted eight to four to acquit.

A money clip with Watson’s initials was found in the yard weeks after the murders.

“Right away, we threw that out,” Tracey said. “No DNA on it.”

In all, some jurors say the evidence just was not there.

Marnel Camp is a friend of Linda Watson and was supposed to be with Marilyn Cox on the night she was murdered. She was also a witness. She is devastated over the hung jury.

“Just shocked. Completely shocked. I wonder if they were there at the same for the same closing arguments that I was,” Camp said. “I think that the prosecutor did an amazing job of tying it all together, presenting all the evidence. I think they absolutely proved their case.”

Jared said this case weighed heavy on all the jurors.

“I feel for the families, and I'd actually like to apologize to the families,” he said. “We're not here to give them the answer that they are looking for, the answer that they want. I'm sorry we could not give them a decision one way or another.”

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