Second Person in Pine Drive Murder Extradited

For Immediate Release – UPDATE

August 11, 2017

Jo Ann Wilbert waived extradition hearings in Florida and was transported to the Bell County Jail on August 9, 2017.  She is currently held in the Bell County Jail on a $1,000,000.00 bond for the Capital Murder charge.

Killeen Police Charge Second Person in Bus Driver’s Murder.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and the Bell County District’s Attorney’s Office have been working together on this case and additional charges have been filed.  On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, an indictment was obtained on 64 year-old Jo Ann Wilbert, charging her with Capital Murder for Remuneration and Solicitation for Capital Murder for her involvement in the Murder of Christine Dailey Watkins.   Detectives had been working with Brevard County Sheriff’s Detectives, and traveled to Merritt Island, Florida.  Both agencies took Wilbert into custody without incident and she is currently in the Brevard County Jail awaiting extradition.

On October 1, 2015, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office issued a complaint charging 32 year- old Andrew Lenard Hardesty with Murder.  Hardesty is currently in the Bell County Jail awaiting trial.

On Monday, October 20, 2014, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Officers responded to the 1400 block of Pine Drive after receiving numerous calls about shots being fired in the area. Upon their arrival, they found a 64 year-old female in her driveway with a gunshot wound. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced the victim, Christine Watkins, deceased at 6:05am.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

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