James Addie, 51, has been charged in the death of 35-year-old Molly Watson, of Huntsville, Mo.
A rural Monroe County man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman he had allegedly been dating for years.
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick announced the charges against James Addie, 51, on Saturday, April 28. Addie has been charged in the death of 35-year-old Molly Watson, of Huntsville, Mo.
Watson’s body was discovered near a creek bed in rural southwestern Monroe County, about four miles east of Middle Grove.
According to a probable cause statement filed in the case, it’s not clear the cause of Watson’s death, although evidence suggests Watson suffered wounds consistent with blunt force trauma. Watson’s body was discovered near a low-water crossing by a reporting party who encountered a man and vehicle near the creek.
The reporting party allegedly had a conversation with a male near the creek bed. The reporting party was heading home, but did not cross the creek. Instead, he approached the creek from a different direction after having an unusual conversation with the man when he discovered Watson’s body.
The reporting party called emergency services and reported the body and the vehicle he had previously encountered.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 28, law enforcement made contact with Addie at his home in the Santa Fe area of Monroe County. Addie said he had planned to marry Watson the next day in Columbia, Mo., but that he was also currently married to his wife of 22 years. Documents allege Watson and Addie had maintained a relationship for the past seven years while Addie was already married.
Addie allegedly told law enforcement, “I got myself involved in something I shouldn’t have.”
Addie also said he hadn’t seen Watson for several days but had spoken to her via cell phone on April 27. He maintained a second, secret cell phone to communicate with Watson.
Police gained consent to search a garage for the vehicle described at the creek by the reporting party. Tire tracks near Watson’s body allegedly matched Addie’s Mercury Sable. The clothes he wore the night before were not located by law enforcement.
Monroe County Judge Michael Wilson set Addie’s bond at $500,000.
The investigation is ongoing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department are leading the investigation.