Man accused of killing 2 Cairo, Ill. bank employees indicted

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 6:16 AM

(KMOV.com)  – A federal grand jury indicted a man who is accused of robbing a bank and killing two employees in Cairo, Il.

Police said James Watts, 29, entered the First National Bank of Cairo through a side door on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. armed with a knife and a handgun. The robbery occurred May 18.

While inside the bank, Watts allegedly stabbed the branch’s president, Anita Jo Grace of Olive Branch, and teller Nita Jo Smith, who both died. A third worker was also stabbed but has been released from the hospital.

Police say Watts was later tracked down in a car that was owned by one of the women.

If convicted, Watts would be eligible for the death penalty.

 

 

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