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Daughter testifies in father's triple murder trial

Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 01, 2017

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - She was the young girl in the middle of a nasty custody fight.  Now she's a witness in her father's triple murder trial.

Seventeen years ago Jordynn Watson was a little girl in the middle of a nasty divorce and custody dispute.  Today she's a 20-year-old trying to recall incidents reaching back to when she was a little girl.



This is David Watson's second murder trial. Jurors could not reach a verdict in the first.

David Watson's first wife Linda disappeared 17 years ago.  Her remains were not found until three years later and not identified as hers until 2011.  

In 2003 Linda Watson's mother and her friend Renee Farnsworth were shot to death at the home where Linda Watson had lived.

She had been fighting David Watson for visitation.  Wednesday, prosecutors asked Jordyn Watson what her father said about her mother's disappearance.

She said, "I know around the time when she had first gone missing he was trying to reassure me, you know, she's with a friend, she must have just gone to church, she didn't remember to pick you up, something like that. I remember being sad that she was gone, but I don't remember discussing it." 

Jordynn Watson remembers when Linda Watson's remains were identified her father asked nervous questions about where her remains were found.

In earlier testimony, Medical Examiner Eric Peters testified about the gunshots that killed Renee Farnsworth and Linda Watson's mother, Marilyn Cox.  He says both were shot in the torso, but Marilyn Cox was shot behind the ear at close range.

Late in the day, Marilyn Cox's neighbor David Cook told how he saw a man shoot and kill Cox and her friend Renee Farnsworth.  He said he heard loud talking as if there was an argument, then saw a man in a black hooded sweatshirt shoot the two women and run away.  He says he did not see the man's face.