Woodward, Okla. —
Yelloweagle's family members declined to make a comment to The News. However, his mother and grandmother began crying in the courtroom as they heard the guilty verdict read.
The victim's mother Carol Cannon, of Sentinel, who raised Watkins since adopting him at 8-years-old, also had tears in her eyes when the jury foreman announced that they had found Yelloweagle guilty of her son's murder.
"We're happy with the verdict," Cannon told The News. "And we feel blessed to have the prosecution team that we have been given. They did an excellent job."
She was seen hugging members of the District Attorney's staff, including the prosecutors, and some of the case investigators after the verdict was announced.
"We appreciate the support we've received from the DA's Office and the support we've received from the whole town," Cannon said, noting "we also thank Curt Terry at OSBI for all his hard work."
Terry was one of the primary investigators in Watkins' murder case and was one of the witnesses called by the prosecution to testify about the 20-year-old's death.