A Georgia teen has been sentenced to life in prison following the murder of his sister. The teen strangled his sister to death after a fight erupted when he changed the wifi password at home, knocking everyone in the home off the internet.
Kevon Watkins, who was 16 at the time, wanted to block out everyone from using the internet at the family’s Macon, Georgia home, in order to avoid his video games being slowed down by other’s usage.
According to the prosecutor, when his mother protested, Kevon hit her, prompting his 20-year-old sister Alexus, to step in. When she did, Kevon grabbed Alexus by the throat, putting her into a chokehold that lasted roughly 15 minutes.
It was only after his panic-stricken mother called 911 and the responding police officers arrived and ordered him to let go, did Kevon do so. His sister dropped to the floor.
Latoya Watkins then told her daughter to “get up off the floor.”
“I started screaming,” Latoya said as she testified in the Bibb County Superior Court, as reported by the Macon Telegraph.
The responding officers immediately attempted CPR but sadly they couldn’t save Alexus. She was pronounced dead, with the cause being strangulation, at the hospital on February 3, 2018.
Now 18-years-old, Kevon, was sentenced on Friday, having been found guilty of murder, by Bibb County Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin, reports Atlanta TV station WSB.
According to the news outlet, Kevon was led from the courtroom, expressing a tearful, “I’m sorry.”
The Telegraph has reported that Bibb County sheriff’s investigator, Marcus Baker, testified during Kevon’s two-day trial, stating, “He couldn’t really explain to me why he didn’t release her.”
According to the newspaper, Baker testified that when he told Kevon his sister was dead and he was being arrested for murder, “He cried. I cried too. It’s a sad situation.”
Latoya Watkins has said that on the day of the incident, her 13-year-old son had gone to her to complain about Kevon changing the password in order to block others from using the wifi. Latoya then testified that she tried to fix the problem by unplugging the router and putting it in her room.
According to The Telegraph, in court Latoya testified that Kevon “came in my room and started grabbing something, it might have been a cord off the Internet box. My daughter ran in there, she grabbed him … He acted like he was going to hit me.”
Alexus then struck Kevon, causing a struggle to erupt between the siblings that began on the bed before moving to the floor.
Latoya said, “I thought it was a normal brother-sister fight because they always fuss and fight like this.”
But when she couldn’t get them to stop – even after the 13-year-old brother tried to get Kevon and Alexus to stop fighting – Latoya called for help.
The judge – whom Kevon’s defense attorney asked to decide on the case in lieu of a jury – cited the 13-year-old brother’s actions when ruling in favor of a guilty murder charge, rather than the lesser manslaughter charge, reported WSB.
The Telegraph reported that during his trial, Kevon tearfully testified, “I never intended to kill her at all. She taught me most everything I know.”
District Attorney David Cooke released a statement that said, “This act of violence resulted in an unspeakable tragedy for this family. I hope this verdict and sentence closes the door on this chapter of their lives and that they will be able to begin to heal.”