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Murder trial begins without body of missing Sanford woman

Posted December 8, 2008

— The murder trial for a man charged in connection with the death of a missing Sanford woman began Monday, even though the victim's body has never been found.

Police said Linda Darlene Holder Watts was walking from her job at The Sanford Herald on May 11, 2004, when someone saw two men force her into a vehicle near McIver and Jenkins streets. Investigators found some of her belongings and a pool of blood nearby.

Eric Quick, 37, was arrested in February 2006 in Detroit, on charges, including, first-degree kidnapping , rape and murder, in connection with her disappearance.

Evidence in the case has not been made public, and both families and friends of both the victim and Quick expect the trial to provide new information about the case.

"To me, I'm thinking why (has the investigation) been going on so long? Because they are trying to gain evidence. You can't gain nothing that you don't got," said Eric Quick's brother, Franklin Quick.

For Watts' family, they say the trial offers a piece of closure to for them.

"It's not something I want to hear," said Watts' daughter, Casey Holder. "But it is something we're ready for, because we want it to be over."

Frederick Spinks also faces the same charges as Quick. He will be tried separately. Two other men, Gilbert Delano Stone Jr. and Phillip Jason Bunnell face aiding and abetting charges in the case.


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  • queenbeeitch Dec 16, 2008

    It wasn't.
    Charges dismissed in Watts murder trial

    By Gordon Anderson
    Dec 16,2008

    SANFORD — Charges of kidnapping and murder against Eric Quick were dismissed Tuesday after a Superior Court judge ruled that the state failed to provide any evidence that Quick was behind the disappearance of Linda Watts, a former mailroom worker at the Sanford Herald who was reportedly abducted as she walked home from work in the early morning hours of May 11, 2004.

    Relatives of Quick let out a brief cry while members of Watts' family quietly wept as Judge Gregory Weeks announced his decision to grant a motion from the defense for dismisal of the charges.

    Details on this story to follow

  • scarletindurham Dec 16, 2008

    I can understand the murder charges but.. the rape? How would that be determined?

  • queenbeeitch Dec 15, 2008

    see GOLO blog "murder, rape & kidnapping in nc"

  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 15, 2008

    Wonder where he buried the body? Nevertheless, he should get life in prison without parole.

  • RaleighMan Dec 9, 2008

    Franklin Quick - first graduate of the No Child Left Behind Program

  • fatcat11 Dec 9, 2008

    You can't gain nothing you ain't got??

    Another brilliant statement from the criminal sector..

  • sayitoutloud Dec 9, 2008

    Its about time something is done with this case. I know it takes time to collect evidence, but 4 years! Come on SPD get it together.