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Warrants: Charlotte murder suspect told sister he killed co-worker

Posted January 23, 2012
Updated January 24, 2012

— A man accused of fatally stabbing a pregnant co-worker during a robbery at a Charlotte restaurant confessed to his sister about the crime, according to recently released search warrants.

Mark Anthony Cox, 22, allegedly ran to the apartment he shared with his sister and confided in her that he killed his manager, Danielle Marie Watson, 25, while she closed up the Flying Biscuit Cafe on Rea Road Jan. 13.

He said that he stabbed her and discarded her body in a dumpster near the restaurant, warrants state.

Detectives later found a bloody butcher knife in Cox's kitchen and blood throughout the apartment.

He was arrested Jan. 16 at a friend's house in Fayetteville, where police believe drugs were being sold. Watson's car was found parked at a nearby apartment complex.

A waste service company employee found Watson's body in the early morning hours of Jan. 14 while he was emptying the dumpster at the Flying Biscuit Cafe on Rea Road, where Watson worked as a manager and Cox worked in the kitchen.

Warrants also allege that Cox has a history of targeting people he knows. 

In 2008, he and several accomplices robbed the Sonic Restaurant in Roanoke Rapids where he worked, held co-workers at gunpoint and took off with $3,100, warrants state. Flying Biscuit cafe in Charlotte Warrants: Charlotte murder suspect targeted people he knew

He was given a suspended sentence and placed on probation, but he eventually served three years in prison after Knightdale police say he broke into the home of an acquaintance in 2009.

The victim in that case was a man trying to help Cox get his life straightened out by offering him a place to stay. The man eventually asked Cox to leave, and that's when Cox broke in and robbed him, warrants state.

Within weeks of his November release from prison, Cox got the job at Flying Biscuit.

Watson's fiancĂ©e Keith Smith, who said she was two months pregnant and that they were planning to marry this month, said Watson didn't know that Cox was a convicted felon.

The restaurant owners have not said whether they conduct background checks on employees.


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  • wildcat Jan 24, 2012

    he will get life in prison.

  • catwoman2 Jan 24, 2012

    Hopefully now that "Ethan's Law" has been passed he will be charged with two counts of murder since she was pregnant. I certainly hope so.

  • lorivhoward2 Jan 24, 2012

    too young to have a rap sheet like that. I say do to him what he did to her! an eye for an eye!!

  • nanasix Jan 24, 2012

    He should never have been on the street. Why wasn't he given time that would have saved this poor girls live? My prayers are with her fiance and family.

  • Tarheel born Jan 24, 2012

    Hangem' and hangem' High. No, really, we should bring back hangings at the Courthouse immediately after the trial is concluded or maybe the next day and we can all pack a lunch and go watch. Much better than TV.

  • shortcake53 Jan 24, 2012

    He has had more chances than he ever deserved. Put him down.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 24, 2012

    I don't know that his sister could be charged as an accessory after the fact since she didn't wasn't involved in hiding the poor victim's body or things like that but I'd hope she could at least be charged with impeding an investigation or something. I couldn't live with myself if I knew something so awful and didn't report it.

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 24, 2012

    "In 2008, he and several accomplices robbed the Sonic Restaurant in Roanoke Rapids where he worked, held co-workers at gunpoint and took off with $3,100, warrants state."

    Did the Flying Biscuit not do a background check before hiring this guy? I hope the legal system will not fail us again.

  • uragoner2 Jan 24, 2012

    Put this animal to sleep, NC.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 24, 2012

    If the jails weren't so full of minor drug offenders with mandatory minimums already, there would be more room for the real bad guys. And before your knees get all out of joint about my post, tell me how a guy with an ounce of weed is a bigger monster than this habitual felon?