Man faces 2nd murder charge in co-worker death

Man faces 2nd murder charge in co-worker death

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 7:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A judge denied bond to a man accused of murdering his pregnant co-worker at a Ballantyne cafe last week, and a second murder charge was added in the case.

Mark Anthony Cox was denied bond Wednesday in court in the murder of 25-year-old Danielle Watson, and assistant District Attorney Bill Stetzer added a second murder charge against Cox related to Watson's unborn baby.

The 22-year-old Cox was also given a court appointed attorney during his appearance.

Along with the two murder charges, Cox is faces two counts of armed robbery.

He allegedly stabbed Watson to death in the kitchen of the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Ballantyne Friday night.

Watson was two months pregnant and planned to marry her fiancé, Keith Smith, several days before her murder.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also called "Ethen's Law," went into effect December 1. Under the law, anyone causing the death of an unborn child, except in the case of abortion, can be charged with murder.

The law covers a woman in any stage of pregnancy, from conception, and an attacker doesn't need to know the woman was pregnant in order to be charged.

Cox was apprehended at a friend's house on Hedgelawn Way in the northern outskirts of Fayetteville on Monday afternoon, and Watson's 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was found at a nearby apartment complex.

None of Watson's family members were in court during the hearing.

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