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Man formally charged in Aurora Waffle House shooting case

Kelvin Watson faces seven charges, the most serious being attempted murder.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A man accused of shooting a Waffle House cook in Aurora was officially charged Friday.

The district attorney's office charged 27-year-old Kelvin Watson with:

  • Attempted first-degree murder after deliberation
  • Assault in the first-degree with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury
  • Felony menacing
  • Two counts of using a weapon during a violent crime
  • Two counts of committing a violent crime causing serious bodily injury.
Credit: Aurora Police Department
Waffle House employee recovering at home from a gunshot wound after argument with late-night customer.

The DA's office said the last four charges are sentence enhancers, which would come into play if there is a conviction or guilty plea.

Watson was arrested on Saturday, May 16. According to court records, his bond was originally set at $500,000. On Tuesday, another bond hearing was held where Watson's bond was lowered to $100,000, and he was released after a surety bond was posted.

The next scheduled court date in the case is June 29 at 9 a.m.

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According to the arrest affidavit, just after midnight on Thursday, May 14, the cook at the Waffle House said he wouldn’t serve Watson unless he was wearing a face mask.

The affidavit says Watson left and came back with a mask, but did not put it on, and told the cook “you better shut the [expletive] up before I pull a gun and blow your brains out.”

A waitress at the restaurant told police that Watson displayed a gun, but that his friend calmed him down and they left, according to the affidavit. The cook declined to file charges for this incident.

Watson returned early the next morning and once again demanded to be served, the affidavit says. The cook told him that he was not going to serve him, and that he needed to leave the restaurant, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says Watson then slapped the cook across the face and followed him to the back area of the restaurant and through the back door. Police said Watson told the victim statements to the effect of “you better shut the [expletive] up and serve me,” before firing one gunshot.  

According to the affidavit, a waitress at the Waffle House told police that Watson and three other men had tried to come into the restaurant earlier, but were turned away because there were already five people inside.

After the shooting, officers learned Denver Police were looking for Watson, who was also accused of opening fire at a tow operator after his vehicle was impounded, the affidavit says.

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