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The Shooting Death Of Motorcyclist Jack Watts Classified As A Homicide

The Shooting Death Of Motorcyclist Jack Watts Classified As A Homicide

The April 8 shooting of motorcyclist Jack Watts on Highway 26 near Mokelumne Hill has now been classified as a homicide.  Watts, was found by a San Andreas-areaCHP officer about 5:40 on the evening of April 8 on Highway 26 between the intersections of Howard Lane and the Campo Seco turnpike.  The officer noticed that Watts had sustained a gunshot wound and contacted the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.  Watts was transported to Mark Twain Medical Center where he later died.  Authorities say they are still unclear whether he was shot while riding.  The Sheriff’s Office has declined to provide any information to indicate whether the shooting was related to gang activity, and no suspects have been identified.  One man, Michael Parkerson who was described as an associate of Watts, was arrested at the scene for multiple weapons charges, with at least one indicating he was a member of a criminal street gang.  There is no evidence connecting Parkerson as a suspect in the shooting of Watts and he is no longer in custody.  As a part of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has served at least three search warrants in Railroad Flat, Manteca and at an unspecified location in San Joaquin County.  Public video surveillance footage on the Highway 26 corridor between Glencoe, Railroad Flat and Paloma Road has been helpful to the investigation.  Additional evidence found at the scene is being analyzed by the California Department of Justice crime lab.  Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to contact the Calaveras SO.

Written by KVGC Staff


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