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Man charged in deaths of parents, another couple in Mountain View, Ark.

Published: May. 26, 2022 at 2:56 PM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 5:20 PM CDT
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. (KY3) - Investigators say a man killed his parents and another women and her son in April in Mountain View.

Donnie Trammell faces four counts of first-degree murder, residential burglary, and possession of a firearm for the shooting deaths of William Clinton Trammell, 75, and his wife, Sharon, 72, and Shirley Watters, 77, and her son, James Watters, 55.

Deputies on April 21 discovered the bodies of the Watters shot inside a home on Northcutt Road. Several hours later, deputies found the bodies of his parents shot at their residence a short distance from the first crime scene. Investigators would not release a possible motive in the case, nor say the relationship between the Watters and Trammell.

“Investigators were processing the scene of a woman and her son when they were notified of another incident,” said Stone County Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton. “An elderly couple found deceased in their home located on Highway 5 South. The two residences were located approximately a half a mile apart.”

They discovered the couple to be Donnie Trammell’s parents.

“My heart does go out to the families of the Watters and the Trammells,” said Chief Deputy McGilton. “Our communities took a lick on this, and my heart goes out to them.”

Charges authorities hope will bring some peace to a shaken rural community.

”We hope this will put the public at ease. A lot of people didn’t feel safe going back home,” said Stone County Sheriff Lance Bond. “Having Donnie Trammell charged, we felt we had enough evidence, and hopefully, people can go back to normal. Thank you all for coming today.”

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators say they will not release the full report, including a motive to maintain the integrity of a likely trial.

Trammell has been incarcerated since April 22, spurring from unrelated probation violations. A judge set his bond at $4 million.

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