Van Alstyne Leader
January 21, 1966
NEGRO MAN DIES OF GUNSHOT BLAST BY WIFE
Robert Lee Watkins, 24, a negro bricklayer, died shortly after midnight
Sunday, following a gunshot wound in the lower abdomen he received at his
residence three miles east of town just after noon Sunday.
Watkin's wife, Zella Fay Watkins, was charged with assault to murder
in A.L.McGuire's justice of the peace court Monday. She remained in jail
in lieu of $3,000 bond.
According to reports, Watkins had been visiting his father who lives
in the west part of town, and was accompanied home in his truck by his
teenage brother, Freddie. As they drove up to the home, got out and started
walking to the front door, he was struck by a single shot from a 16-guage