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Suspect arrested in deaths of California pastor, 2 grandsons

Posted: 5:03 PM, Feb 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-25 22:08:15Z

A suspect in the deaths of a California pastor and her two adult grandsons was arrested in Mississippi, authorities said.

Sacramento Police said Michael Watson, 52, was arrested Friday in Biloxi (buh-LUX'-ee) on panhandling charges.

Watson was wanted for the slayings of Christine Lucas, 68; Marquise Brown, 23; and James Ferrell, 20.

Lucas' daughter, Twanna Lucas, came home Oct. 15 to find her two sons and her mother dead in a local housing complex, police said.

Authorities said Twanna Lucas was in a relationship with Watson; they didn't say how they linked him to the deaths. They issued a felony warrant charging Watson with homicide.

Coroner officials said all the victims were stabbed or slashed to death.

Christine Lucas served as a pastor at Gloryland Revival Center International Ministries with her husband, John Lucas, according to the affiliated Faith Ministries International Network's website.

Biloxi police chief Miller said it was unlikely that Watson had been in the area for long, the Sun Herald reported.

"We have guys on the nuisance detail out every day. They know this guy isn't from around here. How he wound up here, I don't know." Miller said.

Watson will be held at the Harrison County jail in Mississippi without bail until he can be extradited to Sacramento.

AP-WF-02-25-17 2153GMT

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