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Wayne Watkins jailed after family surrenders 100k bond

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wayne Watkins listens as District Judge Mark Johnson explains the terms of his bond to him and attorney Larry Kissee during his first appearance Feb. 24. Looking on is Jail administrator Stan Haney. At a bond hearing on Feb. 28, Watkins' bond was set as a cash only bond of $106,910.2, due to his lack of residency and flight risk. His family later posted his bond freeing Watkins until his May 22 surrender to the jail for the family to be returned their cash bond. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
Wayne Watkins, 63, the fugitive real estate developer whose name has become synonymous with the Spring River Beach Club land scandal, was surrendered to jail by his family who initially posted his $106,910 cash bond.

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.

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