70-year-old man killed at home in Dyersburg; police, TBI investigating

70-year-old killed at home in Dyersburg

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WMC) - Dyersburg police are investigating a murder after a 70-year-old man was found dead in his home.

Dyersburg police found Johnny Lee Watson dead in his home on Harrell Avenue around midnight Monday.

“It’s hard for us to believe that somebody would do that,” said Denise Watson, Johnny Watson’s niece. “He’d sit on the porch every day and everybody in the neighborhood know him, and I go through there every morning on my way to work and I would honk the horn and he would always wave.”

Homicide investigation in Dyersburg (Source: WMC)
Homicide investigation in Dyersburg (Source: WMC)

Police have released very little information about the homicide. Officers remained on the scene for more than 12 hours after discovering Watson dead.

Police Chief Steve Isbell says this is the second homicide his department has investigated this year. Dyersburg PD called in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to assist local law enforcement.

You got that in a lot of other communities, you know," said Parnell Mims. “You just don’t really think about it until it hits close to home, and this is close to home here because that was one of my friends."

Mims and Watson were childhood friends. He’s still trying to understand why someone would hurt Watson.

“I really can’t understand why because Johnny, he couldn’t hurt a fly anyway,” said Mims. “He wouldn’t hurt nobody.”

No arrests have been made, but Watson’s family hopes they’ll see justice.

“I just hope that they find who done it,” said Denise Watson. “That’s what I want. That they catch the person who did it.”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

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