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Child Killer Challenges 50-Year Sentence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man who killed a 12-year-old boy two decades ago is trying to have his 50-year-prison sentence overturned. 

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man who killed a 12-year-old boy two decades ago is trying to have his 50-year-prison sentence overturned. 

Roger Watson was convicted of the January 2003 murder of 12-year-old Edison Curtis-Johnson in 2006 and sentenced to death.

In June 2009, the Court of Appeal quashed his murder conviction and substituted a conviction of manslaughter and sentenced him to 50 years in prison.

Watson is now appealing that sentence to the Privy Council, the country’s highest court.

According to the evidence at the trial, Watson had an ongoing feud with the victim’s stepfather.

As a result of the feud, Watson, according to witnesses, opened fire on the man’s home in Fox Hill with an assault rifle, killing the preteen as he watched television in the front room.

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