The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 13, 2013

Albemarle Police continue to investigate suspected teen homicide

By Tiffany Thompson, Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — Albemarle Police are continuing to investigate the Nov. 23, 2011 shooting of an Albemarle teenager, according to APD Chief William Halliburton.

Halliburton explained that his department has not given up on the case and the investigation is still ongoing.

“This is still an active and ongoing case,” Halliburton said.

Albemarle Police received a dispatch at approximately 8 a.m. Nov. 23 for a body lying in the grass between Summit Avenue and Richardson Street in Albemarle.

After searching the area with the K-9 unit, officers found the body of Trammell Jaquel Watkins, 17, of Arlington Avenue. He was located near a sewer line south of Summit Avenue.

The case is being investigated as a homicide, though further information regarding the incident is not being released. A suspect has also not been identified at this time.

Stanly County Crime Stoppers is still offering a $2,750 reward for information relating to the incident.

“We are looking for anyone who has seen or heard or knows anything at all about the homicide to step forward,” Halliburton said.

“All it takes is for one phone call; for one person to step forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Stanly County Crime Stoppers at (704) 982-0711.

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