Man charged with murder in woman’s deadly stabbing

Man charged with murder in woman’s deadly stabbing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A woman was found fatally stabbed at an east Charlotte apartment late Tuesday night has been identified by police as 28-year-old Tierra Shontinae Watson. A man police say was found inside the apartment with Watson, 28-year-old Anthony Garcia, is charged with murder in the case.

Police were called to an assault call around 11:15 p.m. at an apartment on Taurus Drive off of Central Avenue, where they found Watson with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead on scene. Garcia, who was inside the apartment, was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed.

Police say they are not looking for any additional people in the case.

During a Wednesday afternoon media availability, CMPD answered questions regarding the case.

Police say the incident was domestic-related and they arrived on scene after receiving several 911 calls. Officers say Garcia was cooperative with officers and did not try to flee.

According to CMPD, over the past nine years, Garcia was arrested around 40 times, including some domestic violence charges and other violence charges including firearms.

“He definitely stands out,” said Lt. Bryan Crum with CMPD regarding his criminal record. “Look at how many times this guy has been arrested, it’s absolutely concerning. This is a guy who is very violent who was out in the public.”

Police say his previous domestic violence charges were not related to Tierra Watson, but his criminal record was very concerning to officers. Garcia was out on bond, and was wearing an ankle monitor at one point, but police could not confirm what charge the monitor was for.

Watson’s family sent a statement saying in part “TT’s smile could light up a room, but her heart made a room always shine twice as bright.”

The statement continued saying “Her kindness was taken for weakness more than once and this time it ended up taking her life.”

The family is now raising money for her funeral costs. You can find a link to donate here.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. The investigation is ongoing.

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