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MURDER

April 4, 1996

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— An Ottawa man on Wednesday was charged with first-degree murder in Franklin County after he allegedly shot and killed his wife and then attempted suicide.

Richard O. Watts, 47, made a first appearance on the charge in Franklin County District Court.

He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Colleen Margarett Watts, 56, in the abdomen with a handgun during a domestic dispute Monday night at the couple's Ottawa home.

Authorities found Richard Watts with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was treated at Ransom Memorial Hospital and then taken to the Franklin County Jail, where he remains on $300,000 bond.

Watts' next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, when a preliminary hearing may be scheduled.

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