A jury trial for 21-year-old South Boston resident Tequan Jamal Watson, indicted last July for first-degree murder in connection with a double shooting incident in Feb. 2018 that left one man dead and another wounded, was continued earlier this month in Halifax County Circuit Court.
A jury trial had been scheduled for Watson Thursday morning, but Judge Kimberley S. White granted a defense motion to continue the case over the commonwealth’s objections, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.
A Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury indicted Watson for first-degree murder in connection with a double shooting incident on Feb. 28, 2018 on Sandy Beach Road in South Boston which left one man dead and another injured.
The grand jury indicted Watson for one count of the first-degree murder of P.D. (Paul Jacob Damiano), one count for the malicious wounding of Devan Wooding and two counts for the attempted use or use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The incident resulting in the charges against Watson began around 11 p.m. Feb. 28, 2018, according to police reports, when personnel from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police responded to a report of a shooting on Sandy Beach Road.
Upon arriving, sheriff’s deputies found two males at the scene, one being Watson and another male who had been shot.
Watson was taken into custody without incident, according to authorities, with rescue personnel confirming the other male at the scene had succumbed to his injuries sustained during the shooting.
A second victim who had been shot was located on Philpott Road suffering a non-life threatening injury and was transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment, according to authorities.
A preliminary hearing was held June 26 when the charges against Watson were certified to the grand jury.