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Man wanted in double homicide surrenders to Fayetteville police

Posted July 7, 2009

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— A man wanted in connection with a double homicide at Watauga Manor Apartments last month called 911 and turned himself in Monday night, police said.

Mario Jacquez Boykin, 20, was wanted in connection with the deaths of Joe "Hawk" Hawkins and his 26-year-old son, Alexis Hawkins, who were found in their apartment at 5008-D Watauga Road on June 23.

Boykin went to a pay phone at Cliffdale and 71st School roads on Tuesday night, called 911 and told dispatchers he was ready to turn himself in, police said. Officers arrested him "without incident," they said.

Audio: Mario Boykin's call to 911

Audio: 911 call back to Mario Boykin

Police held him in the Cumberland County Jail under no bond and charged him with the following:

  • two counts of first-degree murder
  • two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon
  • one count of first-degree burglary
  • one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon
  • three counts of possession of marijuana
  • one count of possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine
  • one count of possession of drug paraphernalia

Boykins served six months in prison after convictions on three counts of common-law robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2007, according to state Department of Correction records.

Police are still searching for Reginald Walter Watford, 20, of 1603 Morehead Avenue, who was named a person of interest in the case.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Watford should call Fayetteville homicide detectives at 910-433-1856 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477.

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  • concerncitizen Jul 7, 2009

    God only knows what the real truth in all this is! This kid turns himself in for a reason. Maybe deep down inside he has a heart. What a lot of us are wishing is he would have taken a deep breath before get into this mess. Taking two people lives, and ruining his own!

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jul 7, 2009

    Figures. If you're involved in crime, or associate with people who ARE involved in crime, you put yourself and your family at risk. That's basically what happened to these two men that were killed. Going on percentages, that statement will hold true most of the time.