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Murder charge tossed in case of missing Sanford woman

Posted December 16, 2008

— A judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against the first of four men tried in the disappearance of a Sanford woman.

Eric Quick, 38, was charged with murder and kidnapping in the May 11, 2004, disappearance of Linda Watts, who police believe was abducted as she walked home from her job in the mailroom at the Sanford Herald newspaper.

Her body has never been found.

Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled prosecutors failed to link Quick to Watts' disappearance and presumed death, and he granted a defense motion to dismiss the charges.

Phillip Bunnell, Gilbert Stone Jr. and Frederick Spinks also have been charged in the case.


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  • Adelinthe Dec 17, 2008

    How do they have proof this woman is even dead?

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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  • danielrahern Dec 17, 2008

    And are they that sure they have the correct person? Why are they so sure, no definitive evidence was presented showed this. If not, I am horrified. He has already been imprisoned for two years and they intend to extend this. Justice should go both ways. Innocent until proven...

  • ghwhitaker1_old Dec 16, 2008

    In anticipation of the judge not allowing the case to go to the jury, the d.a. had the detectives obtain a new warrant charging the defendant with asaulting the victim. He is now being held under a new $100,000 bond, after spending the last 2 years locked up. Query: if the state's evidence can't tie him to her disappearance or prove that she was murdered, how will it ever convict him of assaulting her? With that said, I sympathize with the family of the missing lady for the ordeal they have gone through and will continue to go through.

  • oldrebel Dec 16, 2008

    So the principalk goes free and the accessories after the fact may be prosecuted and convicted? Strange world we live in.