Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 23, 2013

Watts arraigned on first-degree murder charge

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — No bond was set Tuesday for a man recently extradited from North Carolina to face a charge of first-degree murder in the August 2012 shooting death of a Mercer County man.

Mitchell Antonio Watts, 41, who recently arrived from Union County, N.C., appeared Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court before Judge Derek Swope for an arraignment hearing. Watts, charged with first-degree murder, is a suspect in the Aug. 20, 2012 death of Derek Tabor, 23, of Montcalm. Tabor died after being shot at Fourth Street in Bluefield.

After giving defense attorneys time to speak with their client and familiarize themselves with his case, Swope denied bond and remanded Watts to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, according to information with the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Watts was being held on unrelated charges in North Carolina when investigators with the Bluefield Police Department named him as a suspect in Tabor’s murder.

A second person, David Reasby, aka Dirt Bike, 35, of Bluefield was arrested in December 2012 and charged with first-degree murder. Judge Omar Aboulhosn ordered that Reasby be held without bond.

Reasby is now incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail.

The Bluefield police and the U.S. Marshals Service are continuing their search for a third suspect who may be in Michigan or neighboring Canada. His name or a motive for the shooting had not yet been released as of Tuesday.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janet Williamson represented the state during the arraignment Tuesday.ꆱ