Man accused of killing his wife had a girlfriend who disappeared in 2014, police say

NORTH OF MIAMI, Florida. – Detectives questioned Carl Watts about the murder of his wife Sunday in Miami-Dade County. He was also a person of interest in the 2014 disappearance of the mother of his son who lived in Broward County.

Trukita Scott has been missing since June 25, 2014. The 24-year-old mother of two was last seen in Miami Gardens. His 2007 Nissan Altima was abandoned in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. Scott’s daughter was three years old and her son with Watts was 12 months old at the time.

More than seven years later, they still have not seen their mother. Watts, 45, who is at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Monday, has never been arrested for Scott’s disappearance. He faces charges for the murder of Shandell Harris.

On Saturday, Watts was charged with stabbing Harris six times in Miami. Officers said he fled. A day later, Watts offered Harris money to drop the stabbing charges, and when she refused, he shot and killed her in public, according to the arrest report. She was 30 years old.

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Shandell Harris

Harris died at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave. Watts shot him during his daughter’s swimming lesson, police said. The convicted felon allegedly stood over her in the pool area after she collapsed and continued to fire until he ran out of cartridges, police said.

Watts began running shortly after 2 p.m., but a private security guard held him at gunpoint until officers arrived, police said. Harris’ daughter, who was learning to swim at JCC during the murder, was from a previous relationship, police said.

Harris and Watts had no children together.

Carl Watts is a convicted felon with a criminal history dating back to the 1990s. On Sunday he was arrested for killing his wife.

Criminal record

Watts had a history of drug trafficking, prostitution, grand theft, armed robbery and possession of stolen property in the 1990s in Miami-Dade County.

In 2003, officers charged him with organized fraud, robbery and depositing checks with intent to defraud. After his conviction, Watts was in jail from Feb. 4, 2004, until July 2, 2005, when he escaped, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

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Watts was back in custody on April 10, 2006, and corrections officers released him on July 22, 2007, according to FDOC records. In December 2007, he was arrested for kidnapping and assault. In 2017,

Watts was charged with attempting to kidnap an 18-year-old woman from a bus stop in Fort Lauderdale. His last arrest at Miami-Dade was for gambling in 2017.

Watts faces a charge of second degree murder with a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He appeared in court on Monday. Prison officers held him without bail.

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