willoe watkins trial

Two of the three men charged with the murder of a 20-year-old found dead in a well were in court today.

Tyler Battles and Joseph Nevels are both charged with murder and abuse of a corpse after Willoe Watkins’ body was found on July 29. She was 35 feet down in a well off Will Walker Lane in Tuscaloosa County, covered with cinder blocks and concrete. She’d been missing since June 17.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Investigator J.C. Bryant testified that Watkins died from blunt-force trauma and asphyxiation.

It’s unclear who killed Watkins, investigators said, because none of the defendants’ stories match.

Judge Joanne Jannik found probable cause on each charge against Battles and Nevels, sending both cases to a grand jury. Jannik said she’s considering bond reductions for both defendants.

That’s a hard pill to swallow for Watkins’ family, who must spend the rest of their lives without Willoe.

The family was in court today, wearing T-shirts covered in her photos.

“I can’t see how anyone could ever hurt her,” Willoe’s grandmother said. “She was so sweet.”

Hall remains in the Jefferson County Jail on unrelated charges.

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