54-year old James Addie has been found guilty of both first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 35-year-old Molly Watson in April of 2018. Jurors deliberated for about two-and-a-half hours Thursday before finding him guilty on both counts. Addie was engaged to Watson while still married to his now-former wife. Watson’s body was discovered on the ground by her vehicle near the intersection of Highway 151 and Route M in Monroe County. She was shot once in the back of the head.
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Smith…
Smith says they called on 18 witnesses and presented over 200 exhibits during the two and a half days of the trial. One of the witnesses included Addie’s former wife of 22 years.
According to Smith, Addie’s defense team will have 25 days to file a motion for a new trial.
Under Missouri state law, the penalties for first degree murder are death and life in prison, without parole. Addie’s sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for June by Cole County Judge Jon Beetem.