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Incident Update
Houston Police Department


DATE: February 20, 2017 9:05:11 AM CST

A suspect wanted and charged in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 12247 Sunset Meadow Lane at about 9:30 p.m. last Thursday (February 16) has been arrested. 

The suspect, Jerald Dewayne Watt (b/m, 40), is charged with murder in the 351st State District Court for his role in the death of his common-law wife, Rena Marie Hodges, 35.

An updated photo of Watt is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault and J. Dominguez reported:

Ms. Hodges was found deceased in her town home at the above address.  She suffered at least one gunshot wound.  Information was developed and led investigators to identify and charge Watt in her death.

On Saturday (February 19), HPD officers received a tip on Watt's location.  Arriving officers found Watt's vehicle in the parking lot, knocked on the door and arrested him without incident. 

                              Jerald Dewayne Watt

Update: JKS/JFC 2-20-17

JFC/VHS   2-17-17

Inc #021118317 


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