A defendant indicted in connection with a capital murder in Greenville is expected to decide by Monday whether he will accept a plea offer from the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office.

Travis Lynn Watson has been held at the Hunt County Jail since November, 2004 in lieu of $1 million bond on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Watson, one of two men who were charged in connection with a brutal killing at a north Greenville residence, had been a fugitive from justice for more than a year prior to his arrest.

The plea offer, the details of which were not disclosed in court records, was made to Watson Monday and a hearing is scheduled Monday morning in the 354th District Court.

Hunt County District Attorney F. Duncan Thomas declined comment Thursday regarding the offer.

Watson had been on the run for 17 months before being caught on Nov. 19, 2004 by the U.S. Marshal’s Service at a college for data entry clerks and beauticians in Baton Rouge, La.

Watson had been indicted for both capital murder and aggravated robbery, in connection with the death of Walter Lee Byrd Neal of Greenville and an attack on a second man during the same incident.

Watson was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges on Dec. 20, 2004. On Jan. 21, 2005, the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office announced it was seeking the death penalty in the case, should Watson be convicted of capital murder.

Watson’s alleged co-actor, Lavace Durell Morgan of Farmersville, entered a plea of guilty in January, 2005 to a lesser charge of murder, agreed to testify against Watson, and received a sentence of life in prison.

Capital murder is filed when the murder alleged is committed in connection with the commission of a second major felony, such as robbery, kidnapping, rape or another murder. Those convicted of capital murder face a sentence of life in prison or death by lethal injection.

The indictments accuse Watson and Morgan of using a knife, hammer and/or their fists and feet to attack Neal and another man during a June 5, 2003 robbery. Neal died as the result of his injuries. The second victim was hospitalized with severe injuries.

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