After being a fugitive for nearly four years, the wanted man was extradited back to Sharp County by Chief Deputy David Huffmaster in February of last year. Watkins was arrested on a bench warrant for theft of property by receiving, a Class B felony.
District Judge Mark Johnson held a bond hearing Feb. 24, 2011 Watkins appeared after spending the night in the Sharp County Jail following his return to the county. Watkins' attorney, Larry Kissee, Sheriff Mark Counts, Huffmaster, Watkins' cousin, Virgil Griffin and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner testified at the bond hearing, which at times seemed more like a trial, as whether Watkins was still a flight risk was debated. After nearly an hour of discussion, Judge Johnson set bond at $106, 910.20, exactly ten times the amount owed to the victims of Watkins alleged crime.
His family later posted his bond and he has since been free awaiting trial.
According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, Watkins family surrendered him on May 22 and were returned their cash bond on May 23.
Watkins will remain in the Sharp County Jail until his trial date, which is not known as of press time.