Woman Kills Her Fiancé After Arguing About Wedding Guest List
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — July 27, 2018
During weddings, relatives and friends give money and gifts to newly-weds and giving them a boost in their start to a shared life. But during her wedding, Jacqueline Souza, 31, did things differently.
The couple appeared to have been engaged since late June.
She and her future husband Brandon Watkins, 33 were coming home from a bar to celebrate their upcoming wedding in Las Vegas when they began fighting over the guest list. Watkins allegedly wanted to invite a woman he once had an affair with, causing Souza to think the relationship was ongoing.
What happened next remains unclear. They continued fighting at home, but what happened there changes with each telling, police said in their report.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of murder after officials say her fiancé was stabbed with a steak knife at the couple's Colorado Springs home. Souza called 911 to report an “unknown urgent medical assistance.”
When police arrived, they discovered Watkins unresponsive on the kitchen floor and a bloody steak knife on the table.
During the interrogation, the woman said she walked out of the bathroom to find Watkins with a steak knife in his chest and the door open in the kitchen. Police, however, didn’t find any signs of a possible break-in.
The would-be bride then speculated Watkins may have stabbed himself in the chest after their fight, court records stated.
Then, the woman said, that her fiancé was too drunk and accidentally stabbed himself.
According to the third version which she reported to police, Souza accused her fiancé of cheating with several women. She then claimed Watkins became violent and they continued trading insults in the kitchen where Watkins grabbed the steak knife and threatened her.
She then suddenly backtracked on her statement about Watkins threatening her but said Watkins fell on top of the knife when she pushed him to get away.
Souza told investigators she called 911 and administered artificial respiration until police arrived.
Police said Souza’s versions are not consistent with where Watkins’ body was found or with a dark bruise “roughly the size of the butt end or finger grip portion of a steak knife” on her right, dominant hand.
Souza posted $50,000 bond on Tuesday, police said. She is scheduled for an appearance on the murder charge Aug. 1.
Watkins’ sister, Erika Watkins, wrote in a GoFundMe page that Watkins was an Army veteran, “a stone cold stunner and animal lover” who was a “victim of a senseless murder.”
Watkins’ family said they are going to bring the 33-year-old’s body back to New Jersey so he can be buried near his mother and brother’s home.