SUGAR NOTCH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A woman is found dead and her son is locked up, accused of killing her.
A woman was found dead in Sugar Notch. Investigators believe it was her son who killed her. Just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Wyoming Patrol Unit responded to a domestic dispute at the 300 block of Maffett Street. When they got to the scene, a woman was dead.
State police say 60-year-old Patricia Watkins died from injuries she suffered during a domestic assault. As a result of the investigation, state police arrested 39-year-old Erik Watkins. He is charged with an open count of criminal homicide.
Eyewitness News confirmed the suspect is the victim’s son.
For those close to Patricia, it’s an unbearable tragedy. A friend and co-worker, Robin Vellis, was too shaken up to sit for an interview.
Instead, she gave this statement: “She was truly a beautiful person with a heart of gold and would do anything for people she loved. She definitely did not deserve this!”
Court documents show Erik Watkins’ criminal history. In the past, he plead guilty to charges of harassment and misconduct.
Eric Watkins was arraigned by District Judge Matthew C. Christopher Sunday morning and is being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.
State police are currently investigating the incident. Details are still limited at this time.