Wrongful death lawsuit in Kimberly Watts case heads back to Harrison County
The Mississippi Court of Appeals has reversed a Harrison county Circuit Court ruling in the wrongful death lawsuit of Kimberly Watts.
The court handed down the decision Tuesday.
The wrongful death suit was filed in 2017 by Trevor Watts, the son of Kimberly and Thomas Watts, against his father.
Kimberly Watts was found strangled and stabbed to death in her Long Beach home in 2014.
Her ex-husband, Thomas Watts, was questioned about Kimberly’s death, but was never criminally charged. The cold case remains open and was turned over to Harrison County investigators in 2017.
In February 2019, Thomas asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that Trevor’s case had ‘no genuine issue of material fact to preclude summary judgment.’
In his response, Trevor cited Thomas’ repeated invocation of the Fifth Amendment to questions during deposition and other circumstancial evidence.
The summary judgment was upheld in in 2021 and Trevor appealed to the state appeals court, which gave the case back to Harrison County Circuit Court.