A Georgia teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after a fight with his older sister resulted in her death. Kevon Watkins was only 16-years-old when he strangled his 20-year-old sister Alexus to death during an argument over the family's wifi password.
According to the Macon District Attorney, Kevon and his mother began arguing after Kevon had changed the wifi password in the family home to block access to anyone else using it. Kevon didn't want other people using the wifi so they couldn't slow it down while he played video games. When Kevon's 13-year-old brother complained to his mother, Latoya Watkins, about what Kevon had done, she unplugged the router.
Kevon Watkins changed the house WiFi password so no one could interrupt his game connection, but this lead to an argument with his sister resulting in a chokehold for 15 minutes pic.twitter.com/sjPuBuKL2o— East Coast Renaissance (@EastRenaissance) August 4, 2019
According to testimony, Latoya Watkins then stated that Kevon "came in my room and started grabbing something, it might have been a cord off the Internet box," the Macon Telegraph reports. "My daughter ran in there, she grabbed him ... He acted like he was going to hit me." She explained that her daughter, Alexus, began fighting with Kevon, and although her 13-year-old son tried to intervene, she told him not to get involved and she attempted to break up the fight herself. "I was trying to pull them apart," she said. "I thought it was a normal brother-sister fight because they always fuss and fight like this." Watkins called 911 for help.
Kevon put his sister in a chokehold that prosecutors estimate lasted for at least 15 minutes. He was reportedly still holding onto his sister when deputies arrived. The teen released his sister when ordered by deputies who then performed CPR in an effort to resuscitate Alexus. She was pronounced dead in the hospital later that night. "I didn’t realize he was choking her that hard," Latoya Watkins testified.
Bibb County sheriff’s investigator Marcus Baker testified that when he asked Kevon why he simply didn't let his sister go, "he couldn’t really explain to me why he didn’t release her," the Telegraph reports. When Baker served Kevon with a warrant for felony murder and informed the teen that his sister had died, he said, "He cried. I cried too," Baker testified. "It’s a sad situation."
One of the deputies testified Kevon Watkins still had a hold on his sister when he arrived...10 minutes after their mother’s 911 call. Kevon released his sister upon a deputy’s command and she fell to the floor. pic.twitter.com/dd1cvwRkk6— East Coast Renaissance (@EastRenaissance) August 4, 2019
The now 18-year-old testified during his court hearing that he loved his sister and didn't plan to hurt her. "I never intended to kill her at all," he said through tears. "She taught me most everything I know."
In a statement, District Attorney David Cooke commented on the case and the life in prison sentence. "This act of violence resulted in an unspeakable tragedy for this family. I hope this verdict and sentence closes the door on this chapter of their lives and that they will be able to begin to heal."