Wrong place, wrong time – that’s how the brother of a Tacoma man shot and killed last week explains his brother’s death.
Police say two 16-year-olds killed 45-year-old David Watson in South Tacoma last week. Watson was shot in his car while he was parked at a Chevron station on South Lawrence Street.
Police arrested one of the teens, Marcus Langford, who appeared in court Wednesday on first degree murder charges. Langford's attorney entered a not guilty plea and judge ordered Langford be held on $1 million bail.
Jonathan Watson, Mark Watson's brother, sat in the front row of the courtroom.
"I wanted to burn that face into my brain so that I never forget it," he said.
According to court documents, Watson's brother was killed during a random robbery. Prosecutors said Langford and another 16-year-old boy, James Stimson, walked past Watson sitting in his truck at the gas station.
According to Langford, they demanded money from Watson at gunpoint. After he gave the boys five dollars, Langford said Stimson asked for all of Watson's money and moved the gun closer to Watson.
Langford said Watson grabbed the gun and it went off, hitting Watson once in the chest.
Detectives arrested Langford while police were investigating another shooting in Tacoma. It does not appear the two shootings are connected and the spokesperson said Langford was not responsible for the second shooting.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Stimson.
Although both boys are minors, since they are over 16, they are automatically charged with murder.
Jonathan Watson has no problem with that.
"If you're man enough to pick up a gun, man enough to point it at someone, you're man enough to do the time," said Watson.