SUSPECTS

Patricia Parson-Watts and Jeffery W. Watts

A Cabool woman and man each face multiple felony charges after a Texas County Sheriff’s Department investigation of a Sept. 2 incident involving shots fired and meth. Patricia Parsons-Watts, 47, of 3376 U.S. 63 in Cabool is charged with first-degree domestic assault (a class B felony), unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated and exhibiting it (a class E felonies), armed criminal action (an unclassified felony), possession of a controlled substance (a class D felony) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jeffery W. Watts, 48, of 3360 U.S. 63 in Cabool, is charged with class D felonies of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a deputy’s report, a pair of officers responded to a call indicating the two suspects were involved in an argument at Parsons-Watts residence, which is located at JEDT Motors, a business the two run on U.S. 63 despite having been divorced for several months. The call reportedly came from Watts, who claimed that Parsons-Watts had hit him and fired a gun at him.

Upon arrival, the deputies made contact with Watts in the parking lot, and he stated they needed to be careful because Parsons-Watts had about six or seven shots left. Without being asked to do so, he reportedly stripped naked at the scene to show the officers he was unarmed.

The officers detained both Watts and Parsons-Watts and they reportedly agreed to speak. At that time, the officers noticed both suspects were drunk, as they smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and weren’t able to concentrate on one subject at a time.

But during questioning, Watts reportedly said that Parsons-Watts fired a .22 caliber pistol when they were inside her house, and he jumped into a bathtub in fear. The report stated Parsons-Watts admitted to firing the gun, but didn’t aim at Watts, and the officers found two bullet holes inside the residence.

During a search, the officers found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in a bedroom closet. Also found in another room was a gun cabinet with its door open containing nine firearms.

Watts reportedly had an extensive criminal history that includes previous felony convictions, which prohibits that kind of access to guns.

Parsons-Watts and Watts were taken to the Texas County Jail and later charged by assistant county prosecutor Jason MacPherson. They are held without bond.

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