Clark County Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges

Patrick and Joy Watkins were arraigned Wednesday in Clark County.

They're accused of murdering ten-year old Michaela Watkins back in March 2007. The Watkins pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and their trial is set to begin in September.

The two told 27 NEWSFIRST Michaela died after a series of accidents.
But investigators say a much different picture was painted, saying she was found badly beaten and burned.

According to an autopsy, Michaela had been dead at least 5 hours before help was called for.

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  • by Mom Location: Frenchburg on Jun 19, 2007 at 06:45 AM
    I hope these two get what they deserve the NEEDLE! How do they have the audacity to plead not guilty?! The child was beat, and so badly burned that it took her young life. I know there is no child on earth that would step into that hot of water on their own. She would have been placed into it unwillingly. I hope the state takes your life and then God sends you straight to ****!
  • by B. L. Location: whitesburg on Jun 16, 2007 at 08:17 PM
    You can not say anything about the natural mother, because know one knows what kind of that she had. As for Patrick and Joy they should get the same treatment as they gave Micheala, but 10 times worse.
  • by Dad Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    The only thing these two should be pleading for is mercy on their souls. They are guilty, hands down. They say the only thing they are guilty of is not seeking medical help quick enough; sure, right after you beat the poor kid to death! You needed time to come up with an alibi and luckily, nobody on this board or probably in this world will believe you. Let justice reign!
  • by Heather Location: Jeffersonville on Jun 15, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    These two losers dont even deserve comments, they are not worth anyones time.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    These 2 low lifes make me sick. Do they honestly think anyone believes they are innocent? Not guilty plea.....give me a break. That poor child never had a chance with these 2 scum bags and now God will deal with them accordingly.
  • by M. A. Sosby Location: Winchester on Jun 14, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    I live in Winchester and never thought I would see someone local do such a horibble thing to a child. I purchased a memory bracelet and will be wearing it until the father and step mother are convited of murder. The funds go to prevent child abuse. You can purchase these at I also think the natural Mother should be convicted becuase if she had been a good mother, Michaela would not have been living with her father. Michaela deserved better as all our children do. I know she is not in any pain or agony now.


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