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    Heather King-Jose & Kelly Jose Disappeared After Giving An Unknown Man A Lift From A Mall & 2 Bodies Were Discovered Soon After

    https://www.ktbs.com/news/crime/shre...607e01eae.html


    Shreveport police are investigating a connection between a couple reported missing late Thursday night and a gruesome discovery in the Queensborough neighborhood less than two hours later.

    Family members reported Heather King-Jose and Kelly Jose missing about 10:25 p.m. Thursday. They were last seen at Mall St. Vincent in Shreveport. One person who contacted KTBS said the couple decided to give an unknown man in his thirties a ride from the mall to an unknown location in Shreveport. That family member identified the couple's car as a Kia Forte. The person who contacted KTBS also said money was withdrawn from the bank accounts controlled in part by the couple.

    Just before midnight, police and firefighters found a white Kia Forte on fire in the driveway of an abandoned house. It was found in the 3400 block of Penick Avenue in the Queensborough neighborhood. Firefighters found two bodies -- believed to be those of a man and a woman -- inside the burning car.

    Law enforcement authorities have not yet identified the people found inside the car, however family members said the car that was discovered is owned by Heather King-Jose.

    "You're supposed to be a good Samaritan," said Dorothy Powell who lives nearby. "You're supposed to help people when they're down and out...but then, when a tragedy like this happens, it makes you think: 'Is it worth is?'"

    The bodies were discovered at a vacant home at the corner of Pennick and San Jacinto. At least ten homes within a block from that intersection are vacant.

    Powell and other neighbors suspect the person responsible for the homicide either lives in the area or at least knows it well.

    "He knows there's two empty houses side by side... pull up in there, set it on fire, and walk down the street like nothing happened. He knows about this area."

    KTBS spoke to the person who called 9-1-1. She asked to remain anonymous.

    She said she heard a loud explosion and thought a transformer blew out. Then she noticed a burning car at the vacant home and called 911 for help.


    She told KTBS she also saw a man riding his bike while holding a gas can.

    The coroner's office is working to scientifically identify the burnt bodies.

    Police are looking into surveillance videos from the mall as part of their investigation.

    Family members said King-Jose owned Southern Hospitality Cleaning. Friends said she was also an Uber driver. Her husband Kelly worked on the Air Force base.





    https://m.facebook.com/heather.jose.56


    https://m.facebook.com/kelly.jose.733




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    KTBS has learned that a murder suspect, who police are calling "Dwayne", is barricaded inside a home on the 3400 block of Penick Steet.

    The man's mother and aunt tells KTBS that she calls him "Willie" but his full name is Dwayne "Willie" Watkins. The mother says her son has only one eye and suffers from a mental disability. This information has not been confirmed by Shreveport police.

    Dewayne "Willie" Watkins, 34, Shreveport, will be charged in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a burning car last week, near where he was captured.

    Watkins was caught in a neighboring yard, trying to run after escaping from a window. Authorities say Watkins was slightly injured after he was caught by a police K-9.

    A woman who was in the house with Watkins left prior to his arrest. She was not injured. It’s uncertain if she was a hostage.

    Via booking records with the Caddo Sheriff's Office KTBS has learned that this is Dewayne Willie Watkins's tenth time behind bars. Some of the previous charges include drug and weapons charges to indecent behavior with a juvenile and property damage.

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    Victim's family condemns murder trial delay; authorities try to explain mistrial

    The trial of a Shreveport man accused of murdering a couple who gave him a ride home from the mall was stopped midway through jury selection after the co-prosecutor tested positive for COVID-19, touching off denunciations from the family of one of the victims that repeated delays are denying justice.

    Most of the anger was directed at Caddo District Judge John Mosely, who granted a mistrial Wednesday morning after meeting with lawyers on both sides and concluding that other options, including a delay in the trial until next week, were unworkable. The trial was rescheduled for Aug. 22.

    Dewayne Watkins, 37, of Shreveport, is charged with the Nov. 8, 2018, slayings of Kelly Jose, 43, and his wife, Heather, 32. Prosecutors said the couple were leaving Mall St. Vincent that night when Watkins approached and asked to use Heather Jose?s cellphone.

    The couple, described by friends and family as trusting and generous -- in her last journal entry, Heather Jose wrote about the importance of being kind to others --- then agreed to give him a ride. Their bodies were later found in a burning car outside an abandoned house on Penick Street. Prosecutors said Kelly Jose had been shot and his wife was ordered to get money from an ATM before she, too, was killed. Watkins, who faces mandatory life in prison if convicted as charged, has pleaded not guilty.

    MISTRIAL EXPLAINED

    The decision to stop the trial "again delayed justice for our family," Heather Jose?s sister, Nicole King, said in a statement. Her harshest criticism was directed at the judge, saying there were "several reasonable accommodations" in lieu of a mistrial. Nicole King, referencing COVID, said she understands the judge's ?need to protect his health," but that he put "himself before his duty to justice in Louisiana."

    Mosely would not comment on the criticism, but an individual who spoke with him said both prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to a mistrial. The district attorney?s office made the formal motion in court to stop the trial.

    One of the two prosecutors had just tested positive for COVID-19 and the other had to undergo testing. District Attorney James Stewart said the case involves a lot of witnesses and evidence and he couldn?t bring in a new prosecutor unfamiliar with it. A key police witness was symptomatic for COVID-19, and a delay until next week was unworkable because two other witnesses would be unavailable due to their schedules, authorities said in trying to explain the mistrial.

    BACKUP TRIAL DELAYED

    After the mistrial in the murder case, a backup case began in Mosely?s courtroom: that of a Caddo Parish jail inmate accused of attacking a corrections officer and breaking her jaw. That deputy is no longer working at Caddo Correctional Center, having been fired for personal misconduct in an unrelated matter.

    That case wound up being postponed, too, when the defendant, Willie Rochelle IV, balked at a plea agreement that had just been made, authorities said. His attorney then asked for a sanity evaluation, stopping the case. There was no other backup case to go to trial.

    JUSTICE DELAYED

    Kelly Jose was a civilian employee at Barksdale Air Force Base and an Air Force reservist. Heather Jose moved to the Shreveport area from California when she married him. Nine of her family members traveled to Shreveport for this week?s trial.

    "Nearly four years ago, our family was rocked by the murder of Heather and Kelly Jose,? Heather?s sister said in her statement. ?In the over three and a half years since that violent crime, our family has yet to see justice for Heather and Kelly. Their alleged killer has not been brought to justice for his heinous actions. His trial has seen delay after delay, and in turn justice has been delayed and delayed. We are devastated by this."

    The mistrial was the case?s third trial delay and each time is like ripping open an old wound, Mel King, Heather Jose's father, said during a Facebook live statement Wednesday afternoon in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.

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