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Trammell Charged With Four Counts of Murder In The First Degree

Donnie Lee Trammell accused in deaths of parents and two neighbors

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Donnie Lee Trammell, 54, has been charged with four counts of murder in the first degree in connection with the deaths of his parents and two neighbors , which were discovered April 21.

About 2 p.m. that day, Shirley Watters, 77, and her son, James "Cecil" Watters, 55, were found at their home at 646 Northcutt Road off Highway 5 South. Both had been wounded by gunfire.

About eight hours later, agents were called to a second crime scene located at 5474 Highway 5, about one-quarter mile north of the Watters residence. William Clinton Trammell, 75, and his wife, Sharon, 72, had been discovered dead inside their home with apparent gunshot wounds.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office conducted a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, where Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton announced the charges of murder, along with two counts of aggravated residential burglary, and one count of possession of a firearm by a certain person in commission of a felony. There was a habitual offender enhancement.

No other details were released and the affidavits for the case were ordered sealed by Circuit Judge Tim Weaver, who set bail at $4 million during Trammell's arraignment Thursday morning.

A full story will be published in the June 1. edition.

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