Like a lot of 16-year-old boys, Kevon Watkins loved to play computer games.
He was also prone to what could have been seen as typical teenage sulks – and when his mum Latoya picked him up from Westside High School, Georgia, one afternoon, she could sense he was in one of his bad moods.
At their home in Macon, Kevon went straight to his bedroom and became engrossed in his gaming. Latoya was feeling under the weather so went to her room. Her 13-year-old son was also home, as well as Kevon’s older sister Alexus, 20.
But Alexus was now engaged to the father of her three-year-old son. They were on different paths and fought like many brothers and sisters.
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It was February 2, 2018, and Kevon was frustrated by the speed of the internet connection and concluded it was because too many of his family members were using the WiFi.
He changed the password so no one else could get on it. Of course, it wasn’t long before they noticed. Kevon’s little brother came to tell his mum what he’d done.
Exasperated, Latoya went and unplugged the WiFi router and brought it into her bedroom. Kevon stormed in to confront her.
Hearing the commotion, Alexus came to defend her mum from Kevon’s outburst.
Soon the row was out of control. The pair tussled on the bed then Kevon pulled his sister to the ground, and they started to wrestle.
Latoya tried to separate the pair but she couldn’t and before long, Kevon had Alexus in a chokehold – his arm around her neck.
Later Latoya would say her son’s eyes were fixed, and they couldn’t get him to let go.
Latoya called 911. It was just after 5pm. Latoya didn’t know her youngest son would then also call 911 three minutes after she had.
‘My brother is trying to hit my mother,’ the boy said. When asked whether Kevon was on medication, he replied, ‘No. He’s just crazy… he put her in a chokehold, threatening to beat my mom… trying to get him off my sister.’
When a Georgia deputy arrived, 10 minutes after the 911 call, he found Kevon with his sister still in a chokehold and demanded he release her. Kevon did as he was told, and Alexus dropped to the ground.
The young mum was motionless. Latoya started screaming hysterically and the officer started CPR to try and resuscitate her.
Alexus was rushed to hospital but was declared dead in the early hours of the following morning. She’d died from asphyxiation.
Kevon couldn’t explain why he hadn’t released his sister – but when he was told Alexus was dead, he broke down.
He was charged and booked into a youth detention centre. It was an unthinkable tragedy.
Kevon was later sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole.