Man Charged With 1995 Murder Not Eligible For Death Penalty

The man accused of murdering Christine Munro in Redding 25 years ago has made his first in a long series of court appearances. In June of 1995, Christine Munro, a 37-year-old nurse and mother of four, was jogging on the Sacramento River Trail when someone pulled her into the bushes, assaulted her and slashed her throat. In the weeks that followed, the River Trail became deserted as the hunt for Munro’s killer went nowhere. A DNA sample from under Munro’s fingernails led to the arrest of 42-year-old James Watkins in a Texas prison. He was just 17-years-old when he lived in Redding in 1995 so he’s not eligible for the death penalty. The D.A.’s Office must go through a process to take his case from juvenile court to adult court, which could take several months. His next appearance is December 2nd.