Arizona Firefighter Arrested For Killing Woman, Ex-wife, Mother-in-law

Arizona Firefighter Arrested For Killing Woman, Ex-wife, Mother-in-law
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David Dwayne Watson, 46, was charged for the murder of three people: his ex-wife, his former mother-in-law and a third woman. A photo of the convict was released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on April 29, 2015.


The high-ranking firefighter in southern Arizona employed at the Tucson Fire Department is claimed to be the prime suspect for three murders. Watson was arrested on Saturday, nearly 15 years after he committed the first crime.

He was involved in a high-drama custody battle with his ex-wife Linda Watson. Police say all three murders are linked to the custody battle between David and his former wife. Linda vanished 15 years ago while her mother Marilyn Cox and Cox’s friend, Renee Farnsworth, was brutally shot in 2003.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department holds Watson responsible for the killings. A fire department spokesman has informed Watson is on unpaid leave.

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“The Tucson Fire Department is saddened to learn about the circumstances related to one of our employees. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the victims,” fire department spokesman Barrett Baker said in a statement.

“We are dealing with a person who is very dangerous, and if we give out some information it will jeopardize this case. We’re gonna hold off on some of the details,” sheriff’s office spokesman Tracy Suitt said.

For 20 years, Watson was employed with the Tucson Fire Department, and in 2007, he was promoted to captain.

“We can’t just call them up and say this person is a suspect in homicide until we have enough evidence. That would be irresponsible,” Suitt said.