- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The trial of a former Tucson fire captain accused of three cold-case killings has gone to a jury.

Closing arguments were held Thursday and a Pima County Superior Court jury began deliberations Friday morning.

David Watson is accused of killing his first ex-wife, Linda Watson, in 2000 and then gunning down her mother and her mother’s friend three years later.

Prosecutors say the killings were tied to David Watson’s desire to keep full custody of his daughter with Linda Watson.

The woman’s skull was found in the desert in 2003 but wasn’t identified until 2011.

Linda Watson’s mother, Marilyn Cox, and her friend were fatally shot in 2003. Cox was embroiled in a legal battle over visitation rights with her granddaughter.

Watson worked for the Tucson Fire Department for 20 years.

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