Authors: Lanier, Josh
Source: Independent Tribune (Concord, NC), 07/02/2008

Jul. 2–CONCORD — After being extradited for her alleged role in a 2007 killing, a former Concord woman will also face rape and indecent liberties charges stemming from a 2005 case.

Honey Rachel Watson, 26, of San Jose, Calif., will face charges of indecent liberties with a minor and statutory rape, jail officials stated. Watson was charged in 2005 with the offenses but didn’t appear for a court proceeding in August 2007, Cabarrus County Assistant District Attorney Ashlie Shanley said.

Watson, who at the time was known as Honey Watson Ford, was charged after being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old and taking indecent liberties with a 13-year-old, court records state.

It is unclear if Watson left for California to avoid prosecution, officials said.

Shanley said Watson’s murder trial and statutory rape trial would be held separately.

Watson is being held at the Cabarrus County Jail without bond on charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, records state.

Watson is accused in the Feb. 2007 beating death of Lee Bruner. Police arrested her and Elizabeth Mullis, 31, of Concord, earlier this month and charged them in the beating death. Mullis is currently serving a five-year sentence on unrelated charges at the Southern Correctional Institute in Troy, jail records indicate.

Police are still investigating Bruner’s death, and more arrests are expected to be made in the case, said Concord Police Deputy Chief Guy Smith after the June 11 arrests.

Watson is scheduled to return to court on July 8, in the murder trial, court records indicate. No court date has been set in the rape case.

— Contact Josh Lanier: 704-789-9144

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