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Brothers charged in Sanford thrift shop murder

Posted May 29, 2014

— Police arrested two brothers Thursday in the slaying of a Sanford thrift store's owner whose body was found inside her business Wednesday morning.

Christopher Ryan Watson, 25, of 410 Carthage St., Sanford, was charged with murder in the death of Carol Bowling Chacon, 54, of Carthage, whom police found around 10:40 a.m. at Project Help Thrift Shop, at 916 Fields Drive, while responding to a report of a possible injury.

Watson – who has a criminal record that includes convictions for simple assault, breaking and entering and possessing stolen goods – also faces a charge of felony larceny of a motor vehicle after Chacon's 2002 Ford Explorer Sport was stolen.

His brother, Samuel Raymond Watson, 29, of 4901 Simpson Drive, Sanford, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Police said in a news release that he concealed evidence and helped his brother try to escape.

Authorities haven't offered a motive for Chacon's death, but they have said that she was killed sometime Tuesday and had been stabbed in the neck.

Mike Liles, who worked for Chacon, said Watson used to work for Chacon but was fired about four months ago after he was accused of stealing from a cash register.

Friends said Chacon had a passion for helping ex-convicts and often hired them.

"I know she was reaching out to try to help them," Joanne Cook said. "I tried to tell her that not everybody that comes out (of prison) has had a change in their life."

"She was a real nice lady," said Roberto Cuevas, who manages a store across the street from Project Help.

Cuevas said Chacon often sold him goods and gave toys to his young daughters.

He said officers approached him Wednesday morning asking for a crowbar so they could get into the shop.

"We looked outside, and the parking lot was full with detectives and police cars," he said. "They were coming and going, looking around the outside and stuff like that."

Cuevas said he also knows Christopher Watson, who sometimes came into his store.

"He was very ambitious with her. He wanted to advertise on the Internet and stuff like that, but she wouldn't do it," Cuevas said. "He wanted to make a website. He kept coming over here and telling us about it."

Both Christopher Watson and Samuel Watson were being held in the Lee County Jail without bond Thursday morning.


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  • Crystal Stewart Jun 2, 2014
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    Your son stabbed a woman in the neck and left her to die. There isn't much more to know.

  • disgusted2010 May 30, 2014

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    You know what they told you, which may or may not be the truth.

  • watson6431 May 30, 2014

    Disgusted2010 - No I do not exaggerate - I am the father of both men and know the case A LOT better than you or this station.

  • disgusted2010 May 30, 2014

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    Exaggerate much?

  • watson6431 May 30, 2014

    No they do not 100% verify anything. Samuel turned his brother Christopher in, not just some random person. Also Samuel did not try to help his brother escape or hide evidence. As to the "accessory after the fact", well Sanford PD is not the best at closing cases. When someone hands them an open and shut case their best defense is to arrest everyone and let the courts decide.

  • disgusted2010 May 30, 2014

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    As long as it sells, it purports a scandal and it is "breaking news."

  • dwr1964 May 30, 2014

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    No worries mate. We all know that WRAL doesn't check into their stories to determine what is true and not. The brother may or may not be involved, but that (intentional) fact is already out there. Remember...a story does not need to be correct, as long as it sells.

  • Lightfoot3 May 30, 2014

    Assuming he's guilty, how many YEARS will we have to wait before he finally gets watered down justice? He should be tried, and if guilty, executed, within 6 to 12 months.

  • Forthe Newssite May 30, 2014
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    Kudos to the brother IF he was the one who turned him in. I just don't get why folks have to murder, when most likely the victim would have given them what they wanted....
    some people shouldn't walk free

  • Brandi Gaenzle May 30, 2014
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    Chris did work there and got fired for stealing months ago. I went to school with Chris. But, we aren't 100% sure that his brother had anything to do with it... I know they are saying that he was an accessory but, from what we know he is the one who actually tipped off the police.