Suspect in Twenty-Year-Old Region 8 Double Murder Case Arrested in Kentucky

MAY 3, 2006 - Posted at 12:46 p.m. CST

GEORGETOWN, KY - After twenty years, the hunt for a suspect in a northeast Arkansas murder case has apparently ended in Georgetown, Kentucky, approximately ten miles north of Lexington in central Kentucky.

Police there arrested 39-year-old James Snyder, Jr. last night on a warrant issued by the FBI.  Snyder is charged with two counts of capital murder in the 1986 deaths of Terry and Kathy Watts in Sharp County.  Terry Watts, 25, was found shot to death and his throat slashed, while his wife, Kathy, had also been shot to death.

Snyder had been living with his parents in Georgetown for approximately one month, according to Lexington television station WKYT.

Snyder is currently in custody at the Scott County, Kentucky Detention Center.  Meanwhile, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver has called a news conference to discuss the case for Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat.

(WKYT reporter Cori Lake contributed to this report.)