Saturday, August 06, 2016

TOP STORY >> Arrest in Ward murder

Leader staff writer

A Ward man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly killing his wife.

Steven Watters, 51, of 20 Moss Drive is charged with first-degree murder. He is being held at the Lonoke County Detention Center on a $1 million bond. Watters is also being held for violating parole. He was issued a no-contact order with family members of the victim. Watters’ next court date is 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

Ward police responded to the home at 9:38 a.m. July 28 in the death of a woman.

Ward police, along with the State Police, conducted an investigation into the death of 35-year-old Catherine Watters.

According to court records, in November 2015 Watters pleaded guilty to possession of firearms by a felon in Lonoke County Circuit Court. He had four or more felony convictions.

Lonoke County sheriff’s deputies went to the address in April 2014 for a woman wanted on felony warrants.

While at the residence, deputies spoke with Watters. He signed a consent form allowing law enforcement to search his property.

During the search, deputies found a shotgun on a shelf inside a shed.