Teen Suspect in Fatal Shooting Apprehended in Lebanon, Faces Adult Murder Charges

Mar 19, 2024 at 10:54 am by Chandelar Williams

Lebanon, TN - A tragic incident that occurred on January 13th has led to serious charges against a 14-year-old boy. Gregory Watkins is accused of fatally shooting 15-year-old Christopher Easton at a residence on Vance Avenue. After a swift investigation, Watkins was apprehended less than two weeks later in Lebanon, Tenn., as he attempted to flee authorities.
Initially charged as a juvenile, Watkins now faces adult charges after a decision made on Monday (3/18/24). He has been booked into the Allen County Jail, charged with murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The murder charge alone carries a potential sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison. Moreover, a sentencing enhancement for firearm use could add up to 20 years to any potential sentence upon conviction.
Watkins is scheduled for an initial hearing on Wednesday(3/20/24). His arrest stemmed from a "high-risk" traffic stop conducted by local police officers, during which they discovered Watkins was a wanted individual in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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