Sister of 2009 motel murder victim suggests possible connection to man accused of killing wife at community center – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
NORTHEAST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) — More than a decade after a woman was found dead at a northeast Miami-Dade motel, her family has questions for police following another murder.
Speaking to 7News on Tuesday, Lashon Jones said she continues to cherish the memories of her sister, Vickie Simmons, 26.
“I try to keep the positive memories alive,” she said.
Jones said his sister was murdered in 2009 and the killer was never caught.
“I feel like my sister’s story has gotten cold for so many years. I think it’s like 13 years, but it’s like now I feel like it’s was the time,” she said.
Jones said Simmons had one thing in common with two other women who disappeared or were murdered: They were all in a relationship with Carl Watts, 45.
“I knew it wasn’t a good relationship, and she wanted out,” Jones said.
Jones said Watts visited him one day. At the time, she said, his sister was living with him.
“Mr. Carl Watts came to my house and asked if I had seen her, and I said, ‘No. Something is wrong,'” she said.
Shortly after, on February 18, 2009, Simmons was found dead in a room at the Sun N Surf Inn on Biscayne Boulevard.
Five years later, in June 2014, a woman named Trukita Scott broke off a relationship with Watts and then disappeared.
“We just need answers,” a source said.
“Our business, still open. June 25 will be eight years,” said Lynnette Finnie, Scott’s aunt.
Last Sunday, Miami-Dade police said Watts shot and killed his wife in the pool area of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in northeast Miami-Dade.
Investigators said the shooting took place a day after she threatened to divorce.
On Monday, Watts appeared in bond court.
“Sir, you have been arrested on one count of second-degree murder,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy S. Glazer said.
The suspect is currently locked up without bond.
“I’m glad they got it. I’m glad they got it,” Finnie said.
Fort Lauderdale police are calling Watts a person of interest in Scott’s disappearance, and Miami-Dade police said they are reviewing Simmons’ death again.
“Before I leave this Earth, I will help my sister’s case stay alive. Justice needs to be served,” Jones said.
If you have information about any of these cases, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Don’t forget that you can always remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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