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Warren Watson person of interest in Lakewood homicide arrested in Idaho

6:30 AM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The man wanted in connection to the death of a Lakewood attorney Tuesday was arrested in Caldwell, Idaho.

Warren Dale Watson, 52, was arrested by Caldwell Police Friday afternoon on an outstanding, unrelated warrant for a parole violation.

He was named a person of interest in the death of Claudia Miller.

Miller's body was found in her office, in the 400 block of Union Boulevard, by a cleaning crew Tuesday evening. The 66-year-old was an attorney and had a family-law practice located in the building where she was found.

"I expect we will send some detectives up over the weekend to interview and question Warren Watson regarding the homicide in Lakewood," Lakewood Police Spokesperson Steve Davis said.

Watson may have been the same man caught on surveillance video using Miller's credit cards at a Walmart store at 36th Avenue and Quebec Street as well as a King Soopers store at 28th Avenue and Quebec Street.

Watson has a criminal history spanning at least two decades. He served prison time for burglary, forgery, theft and escape.

According to court records from a 1999 case, Watson stole his boss's credit cards. He used them to buy more than $4,000 in merchandise, including electronics. He also used his boss's identity to buy a Mercedes.

Watson was released on parole on Feb. 19. Department of Corrections records list him as an absconder because he failed to report to his parole officer on March 6. That was one day after Miller was killed.

9Wants to Know reviewed Watson's visitor logs from prison.

One of the women on his list lives in Caldwell, Idaho, where he was caught. 9Wants to Know talked to her late Friday afternoon. She admitted to knowing Watson but said she was told by police not to say anything.

"We had reason to believe [Watson] maybe in that area," Davis said. "We contacted the authorities there." 

Police told KTVB-TV that Martin fled a Caldwell house Friday as they were attempting to make the arrest.

He was eventually caught after a perimeter was set up. Schools in the area were on soft lockdown, according to KTVB.

Lakewood investigators have not ruled out the possibility that there could be other people involved. 

THE VICTIM

Miller's family released the following statement Thursday:

"Claudia was a loving sister, mother, and grandmother, who dedicated her life to helping others. In over 30 years practicing law, she committed herself to helping people navigate a complex legal system, in times of family crisis, when they needed help most. She spent most of her spare time with her adoring grandchildren and friends, and was an avid Broncos and Rockies fan.

Claudia is survived by two children, three grandchildren, two sisters and many, many other dear friends and relatives who will miss her dearly."

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