More Charges in Fatal 2014 Bank Robbery Attempt in Cairo

Mar 14, 2017

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

The U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois says the indictment charges 32-year-old James Nathaniel Watts of Cairo with killing Anita Grace and Nita Smith, and critically injuring a third employee at the First National Bank in Cairo in May 2014.

Otha Watkins III
Credit Cairo Police

The indictment also alleges Watts and 33-year-old Otha Watkins the Third of Cairo teamed up to commit the bank robbery. Watkins is also charged with lying to a Special Agent of the FBI.

30-year-old Sharita Tipler of Ullin is charged with transferring a firearm to Watkins, knowing he was a convicted felon.

Watts, Watkins, and others are accused of robbing employees of the McDonald's restaurant in Charleston, Missouri.

Watts and Watkins face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Tipler faces up to 10 years in prison.

Watts has pleaded not guilty to committing the bank robbery that resulted in death.