INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2016) -- Prosecutors got the go ahead to seek additional evidence against a bounty hunter accused of killing two teenagers.
Kevin Watkins is charged with murdering the victims on Christmas eve and hiding their bodies.
This week police found the remains of one of the victims searching a wooded pond on the city’s northeast side.
For the family Timmee Jackson, the discovery brought some relief.
“It helped us a lot so my sister can move on a little bit better,” said Jackson’s aunt Diane Jackson.
In December, police found large amounts of blood, body parts and brain tissue around Watkin’s home.
Jackson had long been assumed dead, now his family knows for certain.
“We’ve seen the body now so we know he’s deceased and we won’t wonder if he’s going to come through the door or not, so that’s a big relief on us,” said Diane.
Because the body of the second victim, Dionne Williams still has not been found, prosecutors were granted additional warrants to search the clothes Watkin’s wore at the time of his arrest as well as to search his truck again.
The hope is to find soil or vegetation that could help in their ongoing search.
“It’s simply because we want to be as thorough as possible,” said deputy prosecutor Jayson McGrath.
Prosecutors say the recovery of Jackson’s body won’t significantly alter the legal case against Watkins.
Regardless, Jackson’s family simply wants the accused killer found guilty.
“You know this doesn’t change what our theory is and what we’d be doing going forward,” said McGrath.
“I think they need to do whatever they need to do to get him convicted,” said Diane.
Watkins is due back in court in April.
In the meantime, Jackson’s family is now moving forward making their funeral plans.