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Judge grants new searches in double murder

Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 18:15:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A judge in Marion County has granted the prosecution's requests for more searches of items belonging to murder suspect Kevin Watkins, after police identified a body found on the east side as one of his alleged victims.

The body of Timmee Jackson, 15, was found on Monday near the intersection of 34th Street and Shadeland Avenue by a person fishing at a nearby pond. 

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Jackson and his 16-year-old friend Satori Dionne Williams went missing around 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Timmee's aunt, Diane Jackson, said it's a relief to have his body found.

Police say a team of searchers from IMPD, the Marion County Crime Lab, the Marion County Coroner's Office, the Indianapolis Fire Department and members from Midwest Search Dogs searched the area, but did not find the body of the other teen.

At a hearing on Friday, the judge granted two prosecution requests: to search Watkins' vehicle again, and to search the clothes he was wearing when arrested.

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Police want to search Watkins' vehicle for any signs of soil or vegetation, hoping to find more clues leading to the other missing teenager.

Authorities might reach out to the FBI for help with the searches.

The judge also granted the request to search the clothes Watkins was wearing when he was arrested.

They were classified as personal property at the Marion County Jail, and not entered as evidence. 

When asked why his clothes weren't classified as evidence when he was arrested, a prosecutor at the courthouse said those decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.


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