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HPD Homicide Investigators Solve 1986 Double Murder

November 20, 2006 -- After 20 years of pursuing charges against a suspect believed responsible for the brutal double murders of a young woman and her one-year-old son, Houston police homicide investigators announced today (November 20) the arrest of the prime suspect in Hays, Kansas.

The suspect, Steven Patrick See (w/m, DOB 7-24-67), was arrested last Friday (Nov. 17) with the assistance of the Hays Police Department and Ellis County Sheriff's Department in Kansas. He has been charged with capital murder in the 180th State District Court for the stabbing deaths of Annette Marie Watson, 19, and her 21-month-old son, Austin Lee Timmerman. See was taken into custody for violating his probation in Kansas on an unrelated domestic violence charge.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.W. Belk and Officers M.J. Miller and T.W. Miller reported:

Ms. Watson and her infant son, Austin, were found dead in a bedroom of their apartment at 851 Threadneedle #1007 on the afternoon of June 6, 1986. Investigators said the two were killed sometime between the night of June 4 and the day they were discovered. Ms. Watson was found on the floor, wearing only a yellow shirt and Austin was on the bed. Both died from stab wounds to the throat area. Ms. Watson was also sexually assaulted.

At the time, suspect Steven See was Ms. Watson's estranged and possessive boyfriend who she had kicked out of the apartment weeks before. See soon developed as the primary suspect and was interviewed shortly after the murders. Investigators noticed scratches on See's arms and face and subsequently recovered a large knife from the trunk of his vehicle. In addition, investigators had spoken with a witness who reported that See's vehicle was in the parking lot of the apartment complex around the time of the murders.

Recently, a witness in Hays, Kansas, contacted HPD investigators to reveal that See had made admissions about the murders. Following that conversation, HPD homicide investigators traveled to Kansas last Thursday (Nov. 16) and interviewed the witness and several other witnesses. The following day, they interviewed suspect See and arrested him soon after.

JFC/JGA 11-20-06
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