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Arrest made for 2018 killing in Cotopaxi

Posted at 2:07 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 16:15:56-04

Earl Scott Watkins

FREMONT COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 63-year-old Earl Scott Watkins for the 2018 killing of a man in Cotopaxi. The murder of 27-year-old Jonathon Kern was one of four unsolved homicides from last year.

Watkins was arrested last Thursday. He’s in the Fremont County Detention Center on a charge of manslaughter being held on a $25,000 only cash bond.

There are three unsolved homicides in Fremont County from 2018:

February – 57-year-old local artist John Alderman (location and cause of death unreleased)

May – 77-year-old Kenneth Orchard found dead during the response to a house fire

June – 74-year-old Loa Kennedy found dead in her home


Unsolved: Five homicides in less than a year in Fremont County