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Man arrested in connection to Papa John's Pizza murder
Thursday, June 9, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a murder at Papa John's Pizza on Two Notch Road, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

22-year-old David Wesley Watson Sr. was taken into custody without incident at a relative's house in the 3,500 block of Carver Street for murder, attempted robbery, and four counts of armed robbery.

He is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

On Friday, June 3rd, Sheriff Leon Lott said Watson approached the general manager of the restaurant and fired several shots, killing him. 34-year-old Steven A. Fowler of Irmo was closing up for the night when deputies said he was shot inside his car in the parking lot. "It disgusts us because he shot this victim in cold blood," said Captain Cowan. "This is a man who was working for a living, was working hard trying to make a living, trying to make ends meet. And he was gunned down."

Watson also was connected to three other armed robbery incidents, according to Sheriff Lott.

Investigators said Watson presented a handgun at Days Inn on Plumbers Road during the early morning hours of Monday, May 30th. They said he stole money and a cell phone from the victim.

Then on Thursday, June 2nd, a clerk was robbed at gunpoint at Comfort Suites on Daulton Drive. Sheriff Lott said the victim reported Watson entered the business and pretended to be interested in a room before he pulled out a gun. He said Watson demanded money and fled on foot.

The latest incident occurred Monday, June 6th at the Days Inn on Plumbers Road. Sheriff Lott said Watson showed a gun and demanded cash. He went on to say Watson stole money from the register and a utility door.

Investigators said they were able to recover forensic evidence linking Watson to the crimes at the motel robberies. They added that the weapon used in these robberies was also recovered when Watson was taken into custody Wednesday.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14871348

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