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Man arrested in February fatal shooting

Robert Earl Newton, 40, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO – An arrest was made Tuesday in the shooting death of Demetrick Watkins, 36, San Antonio police said.

Robert Earl Newton, 40, turned himself in to authorities just before 9 p.m.

SAPD said they had obtained a murder warrant for Newton with probable cause.

"You never know in these cases. Sometimes it takes a while to catch these people. Sometimes these people come to us," San Antonio Police Department spokesman Officer Douglas Greene said.

Police believe Newton shot Watkins on Feb. 13 around 10:30 a.m. on Corliss Avenue, found near Interstate 10 and Martin Luther King Drive. They say Newton ran away from the scene, leaving Watkins to die in the street.

EMS transported Watkins to San Antonio Military Medical Center, but doctors pronounced him dead a short time later.

The shooting occurred in an East Side area that's seen several other murders in the past year.

Court records indicate that Newton is no stranger to police.

In 2003, records show Newton pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury. In 2007, Newton pleaded no contest to a felony charge of manufacturing and delivering drugs.

"We're thankful we were able to arrest him with him walking in and avoid violence," Greene said. "Now he's facing a charge of murder."

Greene said police are still looking for another man seen running from the fatal shooting scene.

Editor's note: KSAT 12 News reporter Josh Skurnik contributed to this report.


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