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Man Apprehended in Jail Guard's Death

Posted April 27, 2007

— A Wilson man wanted in connection with the beating death of an off-duty detention officer was arrested Friday night, police said.

Ricky Gene Watson Jr., 24, of 2509 Marybeth Court, Apt. B, was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshal's Service Violent Fugitive Task Force as he was trying to leave the state, police said.

Jerry Glenn Young Jr., 25, was found beaten early Sunday in the 2900 block of Summerfield Drive and was taken to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville with head injuries, police said.

Watson was initially arrested Wednesday and charged with assault inflicting serious injury in connection with the fight that led to Young's injuries, as well as some unrelated drug charges, police said. Watson posted a $40,000 bond and was released.

Young, a detention officer at the Wilson County Detention Center, died Thursday night, and the assault charge against Watson was upgraded to second-degree murder.

Watson is being held in the Nash County Detention Facility on a $250,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Also, Jeremy Richard Barnes, 26, of 3201 Corbett Ave. in Elm City, was charged with being an accessory after the fact of second-degree murder. He is being held in the Robeson County Detention Facility.


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  • bewhouare Apr 29, 2007

    Psychobabble - you do not
    even know what you are talking about -

    meth has never been in my sons picture - who are you getting your info from?????

  • bewhouare Apr 29, 2007

    my son is not a murderer - wait until it all comes out - do not say or thimk what YOU do not know as truth!
    I am sorry for the parents as I am also a parent - Post only what you know to be a FACT. April (Rick's mother)

  • cannon Apr 29, 2007

    The group that gator was with should not have went to where Ricky's group was at. They were told several times not to come, but after gator had been knocked down and hit his head he was still kicked and hit. Two wrongs don't make a right!

  • slappyh99 Apr 29, 2007

    The low bond is typical for the 7th Dismissal District which is made up of Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson Counties. We need magistrates who aren’t afraid to set a high bond or no bond from someone when they run after killing someone. We also need a strong DA whose main focus is justice instead of his clearance rate which is achieved by reducing charges or dismissing them.

  • bewhouare Apr 29, 2007

    he wasnt beat to death he fell and hit his head on the pavement

  • bewhouare Apr 29, 2007

    No one mentioned the fact that gator was just as intoxicated as the rest of the crowd. He was with a group of men who went looking 4 a fight because a girl that was with them ask another guy to ride home with her in front of her husband what kind of girl would do that.Gator and his friends showed up at a house were mr. watson was after repeatedly being ask not to come and tried to fight them so if u dont know shut up.

  • anonemoose Apr 29, 2007

    Ricky Gene Watson was sentenced to 4 yr, 4 mos and 25 days on 06-06-03 for trafficing in meth. He was released on 07-09-06 after 3 infractions. He was probably tweaking when this happened. Maybe ran into who he recognized as a D/O and went off, or maybe he's just naturally violent.

  • Blueyes Apr 28, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers are with "Gator's" family. My best friend (in law enforcement)was murdered 10 years ago for trying to stop a domestic. It is such a horrible tragedy to the family and friends. Unfortunately it will continue until the laws get tougher. I cannot believe this criminal was even allowed to post bail! I am glad he is in jail now and hope he never sees the outside world ever again. He needs the death penalty.

  • grnpnd7 Apr 28, 2007

    I am so sorry for both families..I have known Ricky Watson's parents for many years and they are two of the finest people I have ever known. My heart goes out to both families and I will keep them in my prayers.

  • reportbuttercrack Apr 28, 2007

    What really happened here? This one guy beat the mess out of the other and no one stopped it before this happened????? 20 people watched at 3 in the morning... shame on you... the only positive thing was that no weapons were involved......grow up people