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RENTON, Wash. – Police have arrested a man and charged him with the murder of a teen who went missing nearly a year ago.

Kathy Chou, 19, left her home on  April 18, 2010 and was never heard from again. Friends and family stated she had learning disabilities and was very naive. Police conducted searches and interviewed friends, but the case had gone cold with no leads as to her whereabouts. That is until June 23, a little over a year since Chou was last seen, when a man came to police and told them he was pretty sure he knew what had happened to the teen.

He said that on the night she vanished her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Ezekiel J. Watkins, came to his home with dirt and blood on his clothes. Watkins had been interviewed by police before, as he had dated Chou after meeting over the Internet, but he claimed they had broken up months ago. He also had an alibi in the form of a friend who told police on the night Chou went missing, Watkins was at his home.

That friend just happened to be the informant’s roommate and the informant told police they may want to talk to him again. When police interviewed Watkins’ alibi a second time, he started singing a different tune. He told police that on the night Chou disappeared, Watkins had stopped by his home asking to borrow a shovel so that he could bury a pet duck that had died.

Police questioned Watkins again and before long, he was spilling the beans, painting a very disturbing picture of what happened to Chou in what police are calling a “brutal and senseless” murder.

Watkins admitted that he had been thinking about killing Chou for several days. She was allegedly causing trouble between him and his new girlfriend by threatening her and trying to get her friend’s to beat her up. So he lured her to a wooded area and knocked her on the ground before straddling her and pulling out a knife. The girl wasn’t going easy and fought for her life, able to use the knife to cut Watkins. But he was able to get the knife back and used it to stab her in the throat.

“Chou began to bleed copiously from the knife wound and Watkins said that he held his hand on Chou’s throat until he felt her getting cold and she stopped making any sounds or movement,” the detective told the court.

Afterwards, Watkins contacted his alibi and asked for help in disposing the body. The alibi dug a shallow grave and placed Chou’s body inside, but they found she wouldn’t fit. Tired of digging, they solved this problem by breaking her legs. The men then disguised the grave and left the area, Watkins taking the dead girl’s shoes with him.

Using directions given by Watkins and his alibi, a body was recovered from a grave in a bushy area near May Creek Park in Newcastle around the same location police had traced Chou’s last cell phone transmission. Watkins has been charged with murder and is in jail on $1 million bail. More charges may be filed against the alibi as well as Watkins’ girlfriend. Police found Chou’s shoes in her possession, and she admitted that Watkins had told her what he had done to Chou the day after the murder.

The reason the man came forward now? Revenge. He told police that he had always suspected Watkins had something to do with Chou’s disappearance, but only came forward now because Watkins had stolen something from him. I say lock his ass up as well.

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  • Anonymous

    The lack of morality and compassion in these people is horrifying.  I do not understand how anyone could overlook a murder (or participate in the cover-up) for a loved one, but for a friend? It’s mind-boggling. And then to turn him in only because he hurt YOU? That’s scary.

    I always remember that case in Boston in the 1980’s where the man shot his pregnant wife and blamed the BBHS (black bushy-haired stranger). His family found out that he had actually either killed her or arranged for her to be killed, and THEY went to the authorities. That must be the hardest thing in the world to do, but they did it because it was the right thing to do.

    How can we teach these kids these kinds of ethics? Is it even possible?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4A3X22MM7BACABR2CSA6LBPM5Q Leslie

    Crumpled I agree with you it is very disturbing.  Ladies need to learn when to let go and move on, sadly her limitations probably made it difficult for her to understand.  He could have spoken to her family and if that did not work he should have went to the police,  Now he is going to spend a long time in prison to think about the ways he should have handled the situation.  I think the friend who thought Watkins had something to do with it but did not report it is a piece of crap for letting her family suffer.  I remember the case you are talking about but it also reminds me of the Romona Moore case where a man saw her alive and was informed that she was going to die.  Instead of calling the police he went to a baby shower and she was killed.  

  • LeaveMeBe

    And his new girlfriend took her shoes and kept quiet. When I hear about things like this, I always wonder why the stupid bimbos don’t think “if he did this to her, then he could do it to me.”

  • Anonymous

    That poor girl.I think all those involved should do some jail time.A bunch of lowlife pieces of shit!The dude only came foward because his little feelings were hurt, fuck him! I hate these kinds of people, who think something like this is ok until it happens to their loved one.I can hardly fathom these type of people or nieghbors who help to bury a body with no more thought or concern then borrowing a cup of sugar.

  • Pyncky

    I had an ex-wife that was a bit of a psycho. After our divorce she stalked my new girl friend and I (who I had met AFTER the divorce).  She finally stopped after I had called the cops on her three times to no avail.  I told her that if anything happened to my girl friend, she had better kill me first or they would find her belly up in the river.  She believed me and went on with her life.  Would I have done anything?  I like to think not but she didn’t know that.

  • Anonymous

    I know. It’s crazy! The thing is that it is statistically likely that these people have had a friend or a loved one be victimized. How can they NOT empathize with the family of the dead girl?  How can they not think about how it would feel if she was their sister or cousin or friend? That is such a natural association that it seems as if they are deliberately turning off that reaction or something.  It’s like that part of their brain is dead.

  • Hekate

    or part of their soul…

  • Anonymous

    How could someone wake up every morning and put on a pair of shoes that you know belong to a dead girl that was your boyfriends ex. Some people are seriously fucked in the head.

  • Anonymous

    This seems to be an open and shut case.  Prosuckuttors in Florida should use this one as an example.  Florida needs to fire the Supervisor of the Anthony case immediately with the whole team.

    * still reeling with spite

  • Anonymous

    This is shameful.  How could you kill your x girlfriend who had learning disabilities and live with yourself?  At the least off yourself and do the world a justice  Ezekiel J. Watkins.  Why be a burden on the tax payers dollar?

  • Anonymous

    NO ONE & I mean NO ONE who commits murder deliberatedly (unless as self defesense & or life or death situations as in “Kill him or I’ll kill you”) & then doesn’t confess will not hesitate to do so again.

    If that is the case & you are dating this typo of person what garranties you that they will not turn around & do so again? To you, by the way.

    I assume that you are then capable of doing so too since you know about the crime & do not go to police & “snitch” on them. If you are these 2 types of persons then I would like nothing to do with you. I would preffer to talk & play with dog turds than have you as a friend. At least I know I’ll stink but it won’t make me go to jail for knowing its most deep secrets.

  • Count Rackula

    For some reason, imagining you playing with a turd in your very nice yard while trying to get the turd to divulge it’s secrets is just… I can’t explain to you how funny this is to me. I just can’t.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh! Burn those 2 at the freakin stake! Nice to know someone had a conscience and told police what was up. Her poor family! And so what if she was threatening his new girlfriend! That doesn’t warrant being murdered, either call the police for phone harrassment, or actually take her up on her threats and have a good ol fashioned bitch fight! I personally prefer the 2nd option. Those are funny as hell to watch.

  • Anonymous

    My only thing on that is, maybe it has to be ingrained in them starting at a very young age, and then cemented with examples. I was always told the hardest things to do in life are usually the right things, and the most worth your effort. I dunno, my family kinda raised me with a some what cop mentality when it comes to criminals. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a hard life, or whatever your excuse is when you’re going around making victims. The family, in your comment above, should know that they did the right thing, they can atleast hold their heads up high, and know that they didn’t make excuses for the guy and help him avoid justice, they helped the victim and her family, and also may have taught that guy, that even though they love him, he needs to pay for what he’d done.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder which case it is. Sounds like the doctor from the 1950s and a woman in the early 1980s, but neither match your description.

  • Anonymous

    I am curious regarding the extent of the deceased’s learning disabilities and the reason for her being mentioned as naive.

    Are her friends (and his) learning disabled too?

    Found his now locked myspace page.

  • http://wvjails.info Wanna see my bozo baby?

    He should of just kept banging both of them. Now he’s going to get the banging in the joint!

  • Anonymous

    Wtf?! Seriously???! I say we just tie them up by their toes to the suspensions under an off road vehicle, and drag all three of them until they’re nothing but tissue and muscle. Then spritz em with lemon juice to make em burn.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, me too. A naive “learning disabled” girl who is confrontational and threatens romantic rivals?? Perhaps her friends were instigating the “revenge on the ex” thing. I’d like to know what learning disabled meant in Kathy’s case. Dyslexia wouldn’t make you naive, but mild retardation more likely would. Some more details needed.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    no soul whatsoever

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    i like..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    Waste of a pretty green haired girl.. this guys a waste lemme stab him with a butterknife, and his friends

  • Count Rackula

    “Angel of Death” huh? Sounds like a classy guy.

  • Anonymous

    Lack of morality, you call it? Perhaps. This is the ‘snitches get stitches’ mentality. You don’t turn people in, period. That’s how I was raised, that’s how it is where I come from. I know lots of people who could easily overlook a murder. I sure as hell would not turn in any of my friends for anything, not even murder. If I thought what they did was truly heinous, I wouldn’t be their friend anymore. But turn them in? Nope. Now, if they hurt a kid, people would hear about it and take care of the person with a little street justice, but no cops; we’d handle our own. Everyone else is fair game. Guess they need to come to my neighborhood to teach that ethics class. Welcome to the real world. Scary, ain’t it?

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I think they should Tattoo “dick goes here” on each of his cheeks” with an arrow pointing the appropriate direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennyhackett Kenny Hackett

    Unfortunately that’s why crime has a stronger foot hold in communities that follow that unwritten rule.  That code is a lie told to the weak to protect the strong that victimize the very weak they tell the lie too.  I grew up in the hood, and I assure you, the the shot callers will flip on there own to get out of trouble in a f’n minute, cause they can, but a soldier better keep his mouth shut or it’s his ass.  “Snitched get stiches’ is a just a big a load of shit as the crap legit politicians tell you, you best believe that.  Gangstas are just lying politicians playing a slightly different game. 

  • LeaveMeBe

    Sounds good to me. Let’s make sure we are in a high cactus and fireant area when we drag them. And how about rubbing alcohol and lemon shooter to wash over them for the big finish?

  • Hekate

    yeah your probably right Al….
    thats the only way i can imagine the scumbag friend being able to sleep at night for a year knowing what had happened….
    that poor girl..

  • hershey
  • FrikkenFrak

    You wouldn’t turn anyone in for murder? 

    Wow.  That’s all.  Just wow.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I shoot snitches like bitches..somehow i cant find a punny thing for shot callers yea the hood mentality.. f that

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    and break her legs cause he was lazy.. some days i hate being associated with humans

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Svetlana-Oldboy/100001818388404 Svetlana Oldboy

    Dude! I know this kid Zeke! He worked with my best-friend at Jersey Mikes when he got arrested. It blew our ever-loving minds! She said he was nice and made bomb sandwiches, and couldn’t believe that he did it. Though now, she thinks back on it and is like “he was strangely quite…..we thought something was weird, but we’re like whatever, people are weird.” Little did she know…..

  • pikeman

    Do you put them in ditches?

  • pikeman

    It’s quiet. He was strangely quiet. Those are the ones you have to watch out for.

  • pikeman

    Normally, I would agree with you. But this asshole stabbed his ex girlfriend in the throat, and killed her in cold blood. Would you and your friends have the guts to do anything about it? Fuck that, you can’t just let shit like murder and rape slide. I would never snitch on a drug dealer, but if I knew some scumbag fuck was molesting a child, or killed someone in cold blood, you bet I’d turn them in. What else are you going to do? Kill them and you’re taking the chance of going to prison yourself.

  • melb1970

    It’s a lack of integrity more accurately. It’s a mentality that serves only the individual and not the greater good.  really, pretty damn selfish actually, not the way to good karma.
    Doing the right thing might not be easy but it is the right thing not the sorta right thing, not the right thing if it suits me- the RIGHT thing. I would venture to say as someone else mentioned the lack of such integrity is what keeps “the hood”  at the bottom of the socio/economic ladder. bad karma

  • Alicia

    I classify these people as sociopaths.  They don’t give a damn about anyone or anything but themselves and only step up and DO something when it affects them, as in the case of this piece of shit “friend.”  If the murderer hadn’t done something to piss him off, then he probably never would’ve gone to police.  He needs to be charged as well.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Why would it matter if she were a genius or retarded?

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I don’t find it scary at all, I find it fucking retarded.

  • Anonymous

    Well…I suppose for the same reason it mattered enough to introduce the subject in the article in the first place. I was simply curious to know more about that aspect of it. I actually wondered if this asshole could have been fucking with her the whole time, a la “In the Company of Men,” only with a mentally challenged person instead of a deaf one. But maybe he’s not smart enough for that himself. It was just something that caught my interest, that’s all.

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    and poke them with switches…

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    throw them in a woodchipper save some money

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    I luvs me a good bitch fight !

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    yeah he was strange all fucking rite..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    im keeping my eye on mack…

  • Prominent Prozac

    “She had learning disabilities and was very naive.”

    Sounds like my sister.

  • Prominent Prozac

    Not true.
    I’m extremely quiet and shy..and I only threaten to kill people.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely the alcohol last, don’t wanna kill their nerve endings, wanna keep em nice and swollen raw! Lol

  • Anonymous

    That’s the one – Thanks!   the wiki article doesn’t say it, but the brother told his parents what he had seen/done, and they made the decision to turn their other son in. There were questions about whether he actually shot his wife and himself, or whether he had hired someone to either kill her or just to set up a fake robbery, that went bad. We will never know because the creep killed himself.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I hate to admit it – that was funny!  

  • Hekate

    and i’m sure that the mere threat of no longer being friends with you has kept your friends in line…. keep up the good work.

    idiot

  • Hekate

    and i’m sure that the mere threat of no longer being friends with you has kept your friends in line…. keep up the good work.

    idiot

  • Canuck Gramz

    Whatever or whoever she was, she sure didn’t deserve to die like that. The story makes me shudder, thinking of that poor girl, what went through her mind as she tried to fight this guy off and KNOW he is trying to kill you?! What regrets, what thoughts, what terror did she feel? To feel her life ebbing away as his hands held her bleeding throat? On that day that young man became a monster and his ” girlfriend” and “friend” helped a monster. That they broke her legs because the hole was too small made me want to gag – what kind of person wakes up one day and does this? What kind of person “helps” his friend do this? What kind of young woman KEEPS the dead girl’s shoes? Was the new girlfriend afraid of her new boyfriend or did she not care what he did?

    I look at the picture of this girl and think of the life she never got to live and how the person you once loved can become a killer.

  • Prominent Prozac

    “only with a mentally challenged person instead of a deaf one”

    Being deaf and being mentally challenged aren’t the same thing.

  • Prominent Prozac

    “If I thought what they did was truly heinous, I wouldn’t be their friend anymore. ”

    …Well that’s a good way not to be the next victim.Being someone that knows something about a heinous crime;Then walking away from them fully and expecting them not to put so many holes in you people would think you were a whack-a-mole game to shut you up forever is far more naive then I bet this girl ever was.I grew up in an area with this fucked up mentality and you know what?They were all just snitches in their own right.People that come forward with information about crimes horrible like this **because they can’t bare the thought of someone doing this to another human being**(not for anything in return)They aren’t “snitches”;These people are heros in my eyes,especially to people like this girls family.Or to people like me that are so use to seeing stupid fucks like you we start losing hope in humanity..And then there’s someone bringing a spark of “maybe there’s enough good people to just keep trying”.If you’re cold enough to get even me to dislike you;Then you need to get some help.(Okay I’ll just fucking admit it;I teared up reading this article and threw in some BS sarcasm mostly to cover it up.Thank my work for playing a part in my selective compassion)

  • Anonymous

    What? Of COURSE they’re not the same thing. When did I ever suggest they were? That’s clearly not what I meant. If anything, being mentally challenged would make one MORE vulnerable to the type of thing that happened in that film, obviously, and that’s rather my point. Making that analogy doesn’t mean I think deaf people are retarded, Jesus. One of my closest friends is a CODA.

  • Prominent Prozac

    It’s good to hear you aren’t ignorant then *cough*

    Don’t mind me to much,I was already in a foul mood after reading about that “snitches get stitches” idiot and I think I gave you a knock on the back of the head for it.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe learn to pick your battles a bit better — people tend to find it just a tad obnoxious when someone “knocks them on the back of the head” (as you so humbly put it) because of an excess of aggression that won’t be satiated merely by dressing down the real offender. I actually cheered your reply to that idiot. Oh well.

  • Prominent Prozac

    Or you could accept my very unlike me bother to reply with a comment that puts out some care.

    Maybe learn to word yourself a bit better.

    If you find me obnoxious;Thanks for taking the effort into thinking about me and what I “am”

  • Anonymous

    The scary part is that there are people with this mentality walking around!

    I watch true crime shows and last week I saw a First 48 where a man walked in to the police and volunteered that he knew what had happened to a victim. He was involved to a certain degree, but didn’t know that the girl was to be killed. This guy was terrified – you could see it, but he felt like he HAD to turn the murderer in. I was actually cheering the TV!

    I told my husband that he should be treated like a hero and held up as a role model, for doing the right thing. But I don’t always have a lot of faith, so watched the end credits to be sure he wasn’t actually charged with something, lol.

  • Count Rackula

    Mack is only quiet because he is busy. :-)

  • Wicked Smilee

    tru dat

  • Hekate

    *applauds*

  • Anonymous

    Let me guess he’s been in the bowels of hell & he has seen things come in that shouldn’t be “up” there.

  • Prominent Prozac

    I have my moments.

    I’m still sizzling with rant.Is that normal?

  • Anonymous

    Completely 

  • Anonymous

    VeronicaMarie was hardly equating them, if she used the words “instead of”. People can be involved in hideously similar situations for very different reasons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QR5OF5UCBCTQ7NWP3FYAIANZRE Kimberly

    I was one of Kathy Chou’s friends. One of her good friends. And the people are talking so negative is pissing me off, NOBODY knew her on here I DID.  You people need to keep your negative comments to your self. I went to High School with her and the ass wipe who killed her, Kathy wasnt like what you guys are saying and what the paper says. She was one of the most Talented people i knew, she was there for you everyday…. See you people have no idea who she was………..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA7AKPMGUPCK4PC35DUL4TC72E Arlene

    Thank you for your kind words to our friend kathy,Kathy was a kind person,she loved her friends, her family. Kathy being an only child so losing her was heart wrentching for her parents,  Exekiel James Watkins decided to play judge,jury and exacutioner, with the help of one more of kathy’s best friends…….. A friend she called her brother,what is even more low is the fact that the people who killed her help put up missing posters to help find kathy…… They were even invited into kathy’s home….So when Ezekiel gave his girlfriend kathy’s shoes she wore them around very proudl (like look what my man did for me)…. The other two people involved in this crime they are still are out walking free…..As our wonderful detective he tells us when we shared some info to him like the names of people that we knew helped zeke bury the body, he said and i quote (they did not commit a crime because zeke told them that night after the fact) that is what i call bullshit but what can we do he is the police and he is suppose to protect and serve well we all know his choice and it is not protect the community never but people who commit crimes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA7AKPMGUPCK4PC35DUL4TC72E Arlene

    Thank you for your kind words to our friend kathy,Kathy was a kind person,she loved her friends, her family. Kathy being an only child so losing her was heart wrentching for her parents,  Exekiel James Watkins decided to play judge,jury and exacutioner, with the help of one more of kathy’s best friends…….. A friend she called her brother,what is even more low is the fact that the people who killed her help put up missing posters to help find kathy…… They were even invited into kathy’s home….So when Ezekiel gave his girlfriend kathy’s shoes she wore them around very proudl (like look what my man did for me)…. The other two people involved in this crime they are still are out walking free…..As our wonderful detective he tells us when we shared some info to him like the names of people that we knew helped zeke bury the body, he said and i quote (they did not commit a crime because zeke told them that night after the fact) that is what i call bullshit but what can we do he is the police and he is suppose to protect and serve well we all know his choice and it is not protect the community never but people who commit crimes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!