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Police arrested and charged 19-year-old Garret Watts in the homicide of a man in his Normandy home late Sunday night. Police arrested and charged 19-year-old Garret Watts in the homicide of a man in his Normandy home late Sunday night.
Garret Watts, 19, was formally charged with second degree murder, first degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Garret Watts, 19, was formally charged with second degree murder, first degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – After searching a home in Normandy, police arrested and charged 19-year-old Garret Watts in the homicide of a man in his Normandy home late Sunday night.

Officers went to an address that Watts was reportedly known to frequent and found him hiding in a hallway closet, police said. Watts was then taken into custody without incident.

According to the Normandy Police Department, 68-year-old Davidson was shot while inside his home in the 7700 block of Nacomis around 9:40 p.m.

Police were originally called to the home for a burglary in progress, but arrived to find Davidson deceased from a gunshot wound.

A witness said she and two others were in the apartment when the shooting happened. After gunfire erupted, she said the man stormed into her bedroom demanding more of their belongings.

"I told him I know where some stuff is at," said the witness. "I told him its in the living room. So he put the gun on me, and he told me to go and get everything. When I walked in there, I saw Joe dead on the couch."

She escaped and ran to a nearby apartment complex for help. The shooter got away, as well.

"[Davidson] was a firefighter. He was in Vietnam. He was just a good-hearted person," said the witness.

The Davidson and Watts knew one another, police said.

The suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning and was formally charged with second degree murder, first degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Watts is being held at St. Louis County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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