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A warrant has been issued for a murder suspect who is accused of violating conditions of his bond, according to Tarrant County court records.

Darian Watts, 20, of Grand Prairie, has been free on $25,000 bond and accused in an Arlington killing in April 2018.

But a warrant was issued last week for Watts over bond violations. Details of the violations were not available on Tuesday.

Bond conditions included reporting to the community supervision and corrections department of Tarrant County and paying fees, abstaining from use of illegal drugs or alcohol, not purchasing weapons, submitting urine samples and permitting a supervision officer to visit a suspect’s home.

Watts is accused of stabbing to death 25-year-old Drew Jones in April 2018 in a parking lot of an Arlington apartment complex.

“I feel he is out on the streets still enjoying life while my son is gone,” said Jill Thompson of Arlington, Jones’ mother, in a text message to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Thompson said her son moved to Texas in 2012 to be near his family. He had been living with his father in Illinois.

The family lived in Fort Worth, Bedford and finally settled in Arlington. Drew Jones had four brothers and a sister at the time.

“Drew would give you the shirt off his back,” his mother said, referring to how kind her son had been through the years.

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Drew Jones of Arlington Courtesy: Family of Drew Jones

But tragedy hit the family in April 2018.

Arlington police officers responded to a disturbance call about 9 p.m. on April 11, 2018 in the 1700 block of West Randol Mill Road.

“These group of people called Drew names,” Thompson said in a telephone interview. “They wanted to fight, but Drew didn’t do anything.”

At about 6 p.m. on April 12, 2018, Drew Jones and his brother went back over to the apartment complex on West Randol Mill Road to visit friends. That same group of people were there.

“He (Drew) accidentally knocked over a water bottle and one guy yelled at him,” Thompson said. “A girl pushed Drew and then Drew starts getting punched by a person behind the girl.”

Thompson said she knows this happened because her other son witnessed the attack.

At some point, Thompson said her son was stabbed in his left chest, but continued to fight another man in the attack. Everyone scattered when Arlington police arrived.

When Arlington officers arrived they saw Jones lying in the parking lot with a stab wound, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on the night of April 12, 2018.

Investigators determined Jones had been in a fight with another man after a water bottle was kicked over, according to Arlington police news release.

Watts was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with murder in December 2018. His sister Rianne Watts, 28, of Arlington, who was the girl in the middle of the altercation was charged with possession of marijuana.

“It’s terrible waking up all hours of the night broken,” Thompson said. “His dad and I are always crying trying to get through this.”

As of Tuesday, Watts had not been arrested.

“I can say as a mom it is the worst thing,” Thompson said about her son being killed. “No parent should bury their child over a senseless act.”

Have you seen any of these 10 most wanted criminals in Tarrant County? Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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