New arraignment date set for Samantha Dean murder suspect


BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) – A newly-filed bench warrant shows one of the two men charged in the murder of Samantha Dean is due to appear in court March 23 for an arraignment hearing.

Kevin Watson’s attorney Tyrone Montcriffe tells KXAN he expects his client will appear in person, although he’s unsure when Watson would be transported from the Harris County jail to Bastrop County. Law enforcement authorities typically do not broadcast such plans for security reasons.

Watson has been locked up on unrelated drug charges since April 29, 2015. Harris County jail records show Watson was charged with capital murder in September in the death of Dean and her unborn baby Madeline.

Montcriffe says an issue with an earlier bench warrant showing a Feb. 17 arraignment date prompted the hearing reset. He was unaware what that issue was.

Last month, a subpoena for bank records filed Jan. 21 requested a detailed list of items from a Bank of America account belonging to a 34-year-old man named Jason Miles.

VonTrey Clark, who told investigators he was the father of Dean’s baby pleaded not guilty in November to any involvement in the Dean’s death. Clark, a former Austin police officer was also indicted last year and charged with capital murder. He remains in the Bastrop County jail ahead of a pretrial hearing also set for later this month.

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