UPDATE: 3RD MAN FACING MURDER CHARGES IN WOMAN’S DEATH
UPDATE July 30, 12:30 p.m.:
A third man is facing murder charges after a woman was found dead in a well over the weekend.
Devon Trent Hall, 29, is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on unrelated charges, but will be brought to Tuscaloosa County when he’s released.
Hall is facing murder and abuse of a corpse charges, and his bond at the Tuscaloosa County Jail will be $165,000.
Hall’s arrest follows the arrests of 29-year-old Kendal Tyler Battles and 20-year-old Joseph Brandon Nevels in the death of 20-year-old Marka “Willoe” Watkins.
Two men are behind bars and more arrests may be coming after a 20-year-old woman missing since June was found dead in a well in Tuscaloosa County over the weekend.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said they got a tip Sunday about the possible location of Marka “Willoe” Watkins, who was reportedly last seen in the Bessemer/McCalla area on June 17. She was reported missing by her grandmother June 25.
Deputies followed up on the tip and found a vacant home on Will Walker Lane with a well on the property. The Tuscaloosa County Road and Bridge Department helped excavate around the well. Inside the well was a body that has been tentatively identified as Watkins.
Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators, along with Jefferson County investigators, identified several people involved in Watkins’ death and disappearance, and investigators said they believe she was at a suspect’s home in Tuscaloosa County when she was assaulted and killed.
Investigators said they believe the suspects then drove her to the home on Will Walker Lane and dumped her in the well.
Kendal Tyler Battles, 29, and Joseph Brandon Nevels, 20, have been charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.
Violent Crimes Unit investigators said the case is ongoing, and more people may be charged.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Willoe’s burial. You can donate by clicking here.