Police: Man tried to drown wife in dog bowl

Orange City police arrest Richard Watson

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Richard Watson, 47.

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - An Orange City man was arrested on allegations of trying to kill his wife by sticking her face in their dog's water bowl and drowning her.

Richard Watson, 47, was arrested Tuesday on charges of committing a felony that could cause death, felony battery and battery charges.

According to Orange City police, Watson's wife asked her husband to watch TV with her, and she later brought him dinner.

Police said Watson complained about his meal and threw it on the ground before tackling his wife and putting her head in the dog's water bowl.  He held his wife's head in the bowl until she nearly passed out, according to police, who said he then choked her.

Watson's wife told police that she believed her husband was trying to kill her.  The dog bowl was 5 inches across and about 3 inches deep, "enough for a face to fit in," police said.

Watson's wife had red marks on her face and abrasions on her neck, Orange City police said.

Watson was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Jail.

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