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Kentucky fugitive arrested after murder victim’s brother spots and shoots him in supermarket parking lot

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Source: Louisville Metro Corrections

Feb. 8 2022, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

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A Kentucky man is accused of attempted murder after he allegedly shot a suspect accused of killing his brother in a theft gone wrong, authorities said.

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On Feb. 7, Stanley Earl Watts, 44, turned himself in to police for allegedly shooting 22-year-old Bradlee Simmons five days earlier, and he was booked into the Louisville Metro Corrections, his attorney said, according to television station WDRB.

On Jan. 22 around 3:30 a.m., authorities said, Simmons and Richard Reno, 38, allegedly drove away with a trailer belonging to Stanely Watts’ brother, Kevin Watts.

Kevin Watts attempted to follow the men in his vehicle. The three were involved in a crash, and one of the two alleged thieves shot Kevin Watts in the leg, and he died at the scene, Louisville police said.

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"My brother's a warrior," Stanley Watts told WDRB shortly after the incident. "He died like a man. He was defending his family and his property. And to me, you know, some coward shot my brother and left him to die here. And all over a trailer and a car."

Reno was taken into custody nine days after the shooting, but Simmons remained on the loose until Stanley Watts spotted him in the parking lot of a supermarket on Feb. 2 and shot at him multiple times, striking him once in the leg, police said.


Stanley Watts fled the scene. Simmons was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at an area hospital and police then arrested and charged him with robbery and Kevin Watts’ murder.

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For allegeldy shooting Simmons, Stanley Watts faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

“I would hope the system would look at this case with understanding and forbearance,” his lawyer said, according to WDRB.

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Source: Louisville Metro Corrections

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