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Watson Denied Release On Bail

December 31, 2013
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Larry Watson Sr., 64, of P.O. Box 506, Hundred, appeared in court Dec. 16, on a motion for reconsideration of bail.

Watson's attorney, Jeremiah Gardner, stated he wanted to address the court's ruling against home incarceration. Concerning Watson, Gardner stated, that the doctor said Watson's medical situation "has worsened . . . " Gardner expressed concern that if Watson was released from the hospital and put into jail, his condition would worsen. "I'd just ask he be put on some sort of supervised monitoring so he could go to and from his medical appointments, wherever they may be."

"It's the state's position that he be returned to either the Northern Regional Jail or Wheeling Hospital," stated Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught.

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"He allegedly shot a man," Haught added. "There was a standoff with police for over an hour . . . he poses a risk to not only a victim but the community, if he's allowed to return home."

"If he's well enough to be here today, he's well enough to be at jail," Haught said. He added that he had received a report that Watson was in Littleton prior to coming to the hearing.

The Honorable Judge David W. Hummel ruled that Watson would remain in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or jail. Watson was also told by the court that he was forbidden from being in the Littleton area.

The alleged offense took place the evening of Aug. 13 in the Hundred/Littleton area. According to the police report, Watson drove to an area residence, where he spoke to a man and a woman outside of the residence. Once the woman returned to the inside of the residence, Watson allegedly exited his vehicle and fired a 9mm pistol several times at the man, who ended up being shot once in the right shoulder. The alleged victim was able to take several steps back to the residence, but then collapsed by the front door. Watson stayed outside in the yard several minutes before the police arrived. A one-and-a-half hour standoff then took place before Watson was finally taken into custody.



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