Seventh man arrested in murder of Grant Watkins

A seventh person has now been jailed in connection with the murder of Grant Watkins.

Daniel Lewis Lease, 20, of Dayton, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 on suspicion of felony counts of accessory to murder and accessory to robbery. He was arrested at a residence on River Road in Dayton on a warrant issued in Carson City.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said that may not be the end of it.

“The DA’s office is considering whether others should be charged,” Furlong said Monday.

Since the shooting, in what Furlong says was a drug deal gone bad, brothers Reed and Jonathan Skenandore and brothers Jesus and Allen Garcia-Manriquez, Kennan Blackmore, as well as Jacob Huttman also have been jailed. Deputies have accused Reed Skenandore, 21, of actually shooting the victim in the stomach after they met Watkins at Blackwell’s Pond Park supposedly to buy marijuana. He is being held without bail.

The others are charged as accessories to the murder and being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Furlong said Skenandore wasn’t the only one shooting since there were two different caliber bullet casings found at the scene.

“All of the main players are in the jail and they are not coming out,” Furlong said.

He said with several people there, they could have simply taken the marijuana from Watkins without hurting him.

“This is just stupid on stupid. How could these boys do this? There is just no excuse for this behavior,” Furlong said.

But Furlong said Watkins shares some blame as well since he was there trying to illegally sell marijuana.

“But did he deserve to die? No way,” the sheriff said.


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