Johnson County Sheriff’s Workplace solves chilly case from 36 years in the past

2021-04-22 05:49:09

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) — On Tuesday, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Workplace introduced that they’ve solved a chilly case from 1985.

In keeping with Johnson County District Lawyer Stephen Howe, Geter Rhymes has been charged with first-degree homicide in reference to the loss of life of Gary Watson.

That expenses is a Class A felony with a possible life sentence. Rhymes’ bond has been set at $1 million. 

Geter Rhymes has been charged with first-degree homicide in reference to the loss of life of Gary Watson.

Rhymes is at present in Missouri and goes via the extradition course of. Howe mentioned they anticipate him to be transferred to the Johnson County jail over the subsequent week to await arraignment. Then, the case will proceed. 

“From this level on, our workplace will do our perfect to offer justice for the household and the neighborhood,” Howe mentioned. 

In keeping with an older doc obtained by KCTV5, Watson was murdered on March 13, 1985 round 3:30 p.m. on the entrance to his house within the 5200 block of Skyline Drive in Roeland Park. Watson had been stabbed quite a few instances. 

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Gary Watson. 

Investigations Captain Josh Theiss mentioned that what occurred to Gary Watson 36 years in the past was a tragedy. “He was a son, a husband, a father, a brother,” he mentioned. “We’re very completely satisfied right this moment to have the ability to carry some closure, some sense of a starting of therapeutic for this household.”

He mentioned the case of Watson’s loss of life was thought-about a chilly case because of the period of time that it took to unravel it. 

In keeping with what different officers needed to say, it appears new technological and scientific developments allowed for added evaluation that resulted in a breakthrough within the case.

Watson’s household was current on the press convention saying the case had been solved.

His sister, Audrey Walker, mentioned, “On behalf of my household, my mother and father — who are actually deceased — I simply need to say thanks.”

“Thirty-six years is a lifetime and we now have closure,” she mentioned. 

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