A couple offered a man a ride home from the mall. It ended up costing them their lives as they were robbed, shot and had their bodies burned.
Now, the killer will head to prison for the rest of his life.
This month, a judge in Louisiana sentenced Dewayne Willie Watkins, 38, to two life sentences, according to the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office. He was convicted of murder for the killing of Heather and Kelly Jose in 2018.
The judge ordered the sentences run back-to-back, prosecutors said.
Heather and her husband Kelly offered Watkins a ride home from a Shreveport, Louisiana, mall in November 2018, according to reports. The Joses were at the mall with their children and happily shopped, according to KTAL.
The children testified that Watkins asked if they could use a cellphone to call a cab, according to the report. When he didn’t get an answer, the family offered him a ride.
The kids went in a different vehicle with a boyfriend of the Joses’ daughter. The children went to an apartment and started to watch TV.
About 45 minutes later, they got a text that $800 had been withdrawn from a school account. That is when they realized something had gone wrong, according to KTAL.
The couple was later found unrecognizable in a burned-out car left in the driveway of a vacant home. They had both been shot in the back of the head, according to KTAL.
Heather’s family members were present for the trial and talked to KTAL after the verdict. Her father said she frequently offered help to strangers.
The family said they were relieved after the verdict as Watkins could not hurt anyone else, according to KTAL. They can now start the path to forgiveness and said they would try to honor Heather by offering help to others.