James Snyder and Steven Wertz Arraigned on Murder Charges

June 28, 2006 -- Posted at 3:55 p.m. CDT

ASH FLAT, AR -- The two men charged with killing Terry and Kathy Watts of Ash Flat almost 20 years ago were in court Wednesday morning for their arraignments.

Both men face two counts of capital murder in the deaths.

"Both of them entered pleas of not guilty requesting jury trials, and set the omnibus hearing date so they could proceed with filing whatever motions they feel appropriate," said Special Prosecuting Attorney Jack McQuary.

Terry and Kathy Watts were killed on December 30th, 1986 in their home in Ash Flat.

"Whether it's one day or 20 years, it's always good to know that justice is being served," said McQuary.

Kathy Watts' family was on hand for Wednesday's hearing, but declined our request to speak on camera.

"Victims families are always concerned and relieved, however they know these are just charges, and no guilt has been found," said McQuary.

Defense attorneys for both men have asked that the trials for their clients not be held until next year.  Both men will be held at the Sharp County Sheriffs Department until the time of their trials.

The next court date for both James Snyder and Stephen Wertz is on July 26th.  That is a non-jury hearing where both sides can issue motions if they wish.

The jury trial is tentatively set for January of 2007.