Sanford man charged in death of 82-year-old wife found mutilated, bound to bed

Elue McDonald Watson, 75, told police to perform a well-being check on wife


SANFORD, Fla. – The man who told Sanford police to perform a well-being check on his 82-year-old wife -- leading them to discover her mutilated body -- has been charged in connection with her death, jail records show.

Sanford police said Alice Watson, 82, was found dead at her home on Sycamore Court in Sanford Friday night. Investigators determined her death was a homicide.

Police said earlier in the night they encountered the victim's husband, 75-year-old Elue McDonald Watson, in blood splattered clothing walking around near the railroad tracks at Country Club Road and Lake Mary Boulevard. Police said they found a machete on the floorboard of the suspect's SUV which was parked on the train tracks. Officers also noted all of Elue Watson's clothing tested positive for blood.

Elue Watson told police that they should conduct a well-being check on his wife, according to Sanford police, leading police to find Alice Watson's body.

According to the arrest report, police discovered Alice Watson's body on the bed in a bedroom. Police said her feet were bound to a bedpost and she had cuts on her knees, legs, face and neck. Sanford Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced Alice Watson dead just after midnight on Saturday.

Elue Watson was arrested Saturday on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping to inflict bodily harm, according to Seminole County Jail records. Police said he complained of high blood pressure and was taken to an area hospital.

Elue Watson was booked into the Seminole County Jail Wednesday evening and is scheduled for a first-appearance Thursday.

Investigators said they have not determined a cause of death in Alice Watson's murder, pending an autopsy report.

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