Shooter Convicted Of Murdering Women In Their Waldorf Home Over Drug Dispute: Prosecutors

It took a jury more than a week to convict a Maryland man of murdering a pair of women in Charles County, the state's attorney's office announced.

Deon Watkins

Deon Watkins

Photo Credit: Charles County Sheriff

Deon Watkins, 51, has been found guilty for his role in the deaths of Kandeon Niravanh, 24, and Genesis Garrett, 22, both of Waldorf, in January 2021.

Charles County State's Attorney Tony Covington said that shortly before 1 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2021, officers were called to the 2400 block of Hanover Court in Waldorf, where there was a front door suspiciously left open in a neighborhood home.

Once inside, they found Niravanh and Garrett dead with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. Several neighbors and witnesses also reported to hearing gunshots about a half hour before the grisly discovery.

The investigation into the murders found that Watkins supplied marijuana to Niravanh, who then sold it off in Southern Maryland.

Before the fatal incident, the pair got into a argument over texts about an alleged debt, where Watkins also expressed dismay that Niravanh was attempting to contact his drug supplier directly and skipping over the middle man.

That text exchange included a voice-to-text message that showed Watkins threatening violence against Niravanh.

According to court documents, on the morning of the murders, Watkins drove his Honda Accord to Nirvanh's home, which she shared with Garrett, and killed them both.

Following the murders, prosecutors said that a vehicle matching the description of the Honda was caught on camera leaving the area.

Watkins was convicted following an eight-day trial of: 

  • Two counts of first-degree murder;
  • Two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence related to the murders of Niravanh and Garrett;
  • Use of a firearm during the commission after being convicted of a crime of violence.

Watkins' next court appearance is scheduled for October, when a sentencing date will be set.

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