Eight Months Later, Charges Dropped Against Houston Man

3:15 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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Houston County's district attorney this week dropped charges against a man falsely accused of a crime earlier this year.

That came nearly eight months after prosecutors charged his accuser with falsely reporting a crime.

Earlier this year, Nathaniel Watkins was charged with burglary, aggravated stalking and terroristic threats.

But back in February, his ex-wife Danielle Watkins, twice testified that she lied to police, accusing him of stalking, threats and burglary.

Warner Robins police charged her with falsely reporting a crime.

But prosecutors would not drop charges against Nathaniel Watkins, saying they needed to investigate the case further.

He spent about 30 days in jail and was released on his own recognizance on Feb. 29.

But this week Erikka Williams, the county's chief assistant prosecutor, filed for a dismissal of the charges.

Her motion cited their "inability to successfully prosecute" the case after Danielle Watkins pleaded guilty to making a false report of a crime.

Nathaniel Watkins' public defender, Angie Coggins, released a statement detailing the case and observing, "The wheels of justice are said to turn slowly; at times they may spin without traction and may even fail to maintain the lane altogether."



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