Teen who strangled his sister over WiFi password gets life in prison
An 18-year-old from Georgia has been sentenced to life behind bars, after murdering his sister during an argument over the WiFi in their home.
Kevon Watkins was 16 when he committed the act of sororicide on February 2, 2018. He was found guilty on August 2, 2019 for strangling his 20-year-old sister and mother-of-one, Alexus Breanna Watkins, to death in their home in Macon.
According to court documents obtained from the Macon District Attorney’s Office, Watkins changed the WiFi so he could play multiplayer video games online without his mother and sister's web browsing slowing down the connection to his servers.
Watkins argued with his mother about the WiFi, and appeared ready to attempt to attack her. When his sister intervened in the verbal altercation, she ended up being embroiled in a furious melee with her brother.
Watkins’ younger brother and his mother both called 911 during the fight, but before law enforcement could arrive, Kevon placed Alexus in a choke-hold and asphyxiated her. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and rushed to the hospital, where doctors worked to resuscitate her. She died later that night.
Commenting on the killing, Bibb Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin stated: "When [Kevon's brother] called, he said the following: 'My brother is trying to hit my mother.' The dispatcher asked: 'Is he on medication?' And the 13-year-old said, 'No. He’s just crazy … He put her in a chokehold, threatening to beat my mom trying to get him off my sister.'"
DA David Cooke added: "This act of violence resulted in an unspeakable tragedy for this family. I hope this verdict and sentence closes the door on this chapter of their lives and that they will be able to begin to heal."
Alexus Watkins is survived by her three-year-old son and a fiancé.