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Suspect Charged with Homicide of Pastor and Her Two Grandsons 'May Have Fled the State': Police

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Sacramento Police Department

A family friend is suspected in the triple homicide of a pastor and her two grandsons, according to Sacramento police.

The suspect, Jerod Michael Watson, 52, was issued a felony warrant by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office charging him with triple homicide.

Watson was dating Twanna Lucas, the pastor’s daughter and mother of the two deceased males. Lucas returned home on Saturday night to find her mother and sons dead in a housing complex in south Sacramento, according to CBS News.

Sacramento police said Watson’s whereabouts are unknown and that it is possible he may have fled the state. He is armed and considered dangerous.

 

Police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein told CBS News that he could not reveal how investigators linked Watson to the murders of Christine Lucas, 68, Marquise Brown, 23, and James Ferrell, 20.

The suspect frequented the home, he said, but it wasn’t clear if he lived there.

“I’m not going to go into specifics as to why we think it happened,” Heinlein said. “We don’t have a motive to go out with yet.”

Watson has a previous criminal history, having faced two charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, although one was dismissed in 2009, according to CBS News.

He was sentenced to jail three times from 2009 to 2011 on the other charge, including for violating his probation multiple times.

Lucas was found with multiple stab wounds. One of her grandsons was fatally slashed, Heinlein said. The second grandson’s autopsy has not been completed.

A close family friend of the Lucas family, Diane Lestrick, told CBS that Pastor Lucas was like a mother to her and a rock for the community.

“She touched my life in a great way, during the time I was going through things,” she said. “It was that wisdom that helped me know that I can make it and that I can stand up.”