Serial Killer Found Guilty in Michigan Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A confessed serial killer has been found guilty in a quarter-century old murder case.

Coral Eugene Watts has been convicted in the December first, 1979 stabbing death of 36-year-old Helen Dutcher, in a Ferndale alley.

The 51-year-old faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. He will be sentenced on December 7.

Watts showed little reaction to the verdict. He looked around the courtroom as the jurors were polled about their decision and briefly looked down when they finished.

A jury of seven women and five men in Oakland County Circuit Court deliberated about four hours before reaching its verdict.

In 1982, Watts received immunity in 12 killings, eleven in Texas and one in Michigan, as part of a deal with Texas prosecutors.

He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and he had been set to go free in April 2006.

The Michigan attorney general's office says it would have been the first release of a serial killer in the United States.


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