- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a murder case against a longtime Tucson firefighter (all times local):

1:31 p.m.

A former Tucson fire captain accused of killing three people will be retried next year after a jury in a months-long trial was deadlocked.

The Pima County Superior Court set a new trial date on Friday for David Watson on Jan. 24, 2017, when jurors will be selected. The new trial is estimated to last seven weeks.

A jury in the murder case against Watson announced it was deadlocked on Nov. 22.

Watson, a retired fire captain, is accused of killing his ex-wife, Linda Watson, in 2000. He is also charged in the killings of Linda Watson’s mother, Marilyn Cox, and her friend in 2003.

Prosecutors tied the killings to custody battles with the women over Watson’s daughter. Watson has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys say there’s no evidence proving he committed the killings.

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Prosecutors will meet Friday to discuss whether to retry a former Tucson fire captain after his murder trial resulted in a hung jury.

Attorneys will likely decide whether to re-file charges against David Watson, a longtime firefighter who was accused of killing his ex-wife, her mother and her mother’s friend in separate cold case deaths.

A jury announced on Nov. 22 that it couldn’t reach a verdict after a months-long trial.

Watson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said he killed Linda Watson in 2000 during a bitter custody battle and that he fatally shot killing his former mother-in-law and her friend over grandparent visitation rights in 2003.

The defense said there was no evidence tying Watson to the killings.


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