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Death penalty sought for man accused in deadly Cairo bank stabbing

James Nathaniel Watts James Nathaniel Watts
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois is seeking the death penalty for a man accused in a deadly attempted bank robbery in Cairo, Illinois.

On Tuesday, April 21, Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern Dist. of Illinois, George A. Norwood and James M. Cutchin, Assistant United States Attorneys filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty for James Nathaniel Watts if he is convicted of attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death.

Watts appeared in court on Thursday, April 23 for a status conference. He will be back in court on May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Benton Courthouse for a pretrial conference.

Back in May 2014 two employees died after a violent stabbing at the First National Bank in Cairo, Ill.

Those employees were bank branch president Anita J. Grace, 52, of Olive Branch, Ill., and bank customer service representative Nita J. Smith, 52, of Wickliffe, Ky.

A third employee, a 23-year-old woman was also stabbed. She was treated and released from the hospital.

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