Calif. Man Who Dismembered Wife Sentenced To Death

LAS VEGAS -- A former math teacher who killed and dismembered his wife in a Las Vegas hotel room because he didn't want her to get half his family's estate in a divorce has been sentenced to death.

The same Nevada jury that convicted 70-year-old John Matthus Watson III of first-degree murder Thursday deliberated less than two hours before handing down the sentence Friday.

Prosecutors say Watson lured his wife to Las Vegas from their Ontario, Calif., home in 2006, seemingly to celebrate her 50th birthday.

But prosecutors say he planned the murder of Everilda "Evie" Watson for more than a month.

Prosecutors say Watson shot his wife, then cut her up with a band saw.

In letters written from jail, he admitted cooking and eating part of the body.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    Jim: My recommendation is actually marrying someone that you don't need a prenup for. Just a thought. Ew: I'm glad at least one person noted that. Doesn't exactly sound like a money motivated crime, now does it? Generally someone after that doesn't think hmm... time for a snack.
  • by Kar-ay -Z on Jun 14, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    Good Grief! I can understand murder...but who in their right mind would EAT the flesh of a human?
  • by debra on Jun 14, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    Yes Realitychic- Jesus does love him. Just like his mom probably loves him. Doesn't mean HE likes what he did. This man will undoubtedly pay for what he has done in this life and the next. Jesus already paid for OUR sins. If you are trying to be a smartie pants with this comment ( and I am sure you were )...Jesus loves you too.
  • by Realitychick Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Does Jesus love him too?
  • by Ew on Jun 13, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    he ATE some of her??? something tells me this wasnt entirely estate related...
  • by Jim on Jun 13, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    They make this thing they call a prenuptial agreement...

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