Suspects arrested in murder of mother of five

Suspects arrested in murder of mother of five
25-year-old Byron Blair Watkins (right) and 19-year-old Antwan David Sturdivant (left) are wanted for murder in the July death of Lucero Sosa Capote. (Monroe Police Department)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Both men wanted in the shooting death of a mother who was killed protecting her children during a home invasion in Monroe have been arrested.

The deadly incident happened at a home on Tower Court around 4:40 a.m. on July 12. Police say 25-year-old Byron Blair Watkins and 19-year-old Antwan David Sturdivant forced their way into the home to commit robbery, but were confronted by Lucero Sosa Capote and her children.

Lucero Sosa Capote was killed while protecting her children during a home invasion/robbery in Monroe on July 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy Capote family)
Lucero Sosa Capote was killed while protecting her children during a home invasion/robbery in Monroe on July 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy Capote family)

Capote was shot and killed during the confrontation and two of her children were injured.

[ Five kids left without a mom after a deadly Monroe home invasion ]

Sturdivant turned himself in Wednesday night. Watkins, who sparked a SWAT situation Thursday, was captured and arrested in Lexington County, South Carolina early Friday morning.

Sturdivant turned himself Wednesday night, Monroe officials confirm. He was wanted in the killing of a mother of five.
Sturdivant turned himself Wednesday night, Monroe officials confirm. He was wanted in the killing of a mother of five.

Magalene Helms, Capote’s nextdoor neighbor, said she hopes the suspects are captured.

“I just hope they catch them and prosecute them, whatever they have to do,” said Helms.

Watkins is being charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharge a firearm in an occupied dwelling, and assault on a child under 12.

Sturdivant is being charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a female.

Media Release Update 1st Degree Murder Warrants have now been issued for the Murder of Lucero Sosa Capote which...

Posted by Monroe Police Department on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4700 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.

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