Christopher Watson, 31, who was convicted of killing a Carthage woman in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison, died Tuesday according to a news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Watson was found unresponsive in his cell at Scotland Correctional Institution on July 28, and pronounced dead by the county medical examiner’s office. The apparent suicide is under investigation by DPS officials and local law enforcement.
A Sanford resident, Watson was convicted in 2017 for his role in the stabbing death of Carol J. Bowling Chacon on May 27, 2014 in Sanford.
The 54-year old Carthage woman owned two thrift stores in Sanford, including Project Help Thrift Store off Fields Drive where Watson was formerly employed. Chacon operated a prison ministry and was known to hire ex-offenders or have them volunteer in her stores.
Watson was arrested two days after Chacon’s death and charged with first-degree murder and felony larceny of a motor vehicle. His brother, Samuel Raymond Watson, was also arrested and charged with felony accessory after the fact. Both men were initially placed in Lee County Jail.