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Convicted murderer Jim Watson dies in prison

Jim Watson, who was convicted in 2002 of murdering his wife Beverley in 1997, has died in prison.

According to a Georgia Department of Corrections spokesperson, James Lamar Watson died on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Augusta State Medical Prison. They could not disclose the nature of Watson’s death, but Watson was reportedly in poor health a year ago as documented in a Feb. 2015 appeal to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles that Watson be released on a sort of medical parole due to his deteriorating health.

Beverley, then a 33-year-old mother of two who had been married to Jim for 14 years, went missing on Jan. 18, 1997. Jim reported her disappearance to law enforcement two days later. The couple were Fayette County residents.

Two years later, bones from Beverley’s body were found by a construction industry worker in a wooded area of South Fulton County.

Jim was indicted in Fulton County Superior Court on Jan. 15, 2002, and he was convicted of Malice Murder on June 18 of that same year and sentenced to life in prison.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.