Prosecution may not file charges against bride-to-be accused of killing fiancé

Published: Jul. 24, 2018 at 10:45 PM MDT
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Prosecutors are considering not charging a bride-to-be who allegedly killed her fiancé over a potential guest at their wedding.

Jacqueline Souza, 31, had been looking at potential second-degree murder charges for the death of her fiance, Brandon Watkins, earlier in the summer. But during a court appearance Wednesday, prosecutors told the judge they may not proceed with the case. A hearing was set for Oct. 12 to give Watkins' family time to weigh in before a final decision is made. Watkins' family lives out of state, and though they were told that the prosecution was considering not filing charges, they didn't have enough notice to make it to Colorado on time.

Arrest papers obtained by 11 News in July state Souza told investigators she thought the groom-to-be, Brandon Watkins, was having an affair and wanted to invite that woman to their wedding in Las Vegas. The couple ended up getting into a fight over the invite after they got home on the night of July 20 from celebrating their upcoming wedding and Watkins’ new job.

The affidavit says that around 12:30 a.m. July 21 Souza called 911 to say her fiancé was bleeding and had dropped to the floor in their kitchen at their home near Powers and Dublin. When police got to the scene, they found Watkins unresponsive on the kitchen floor, a bloody steak knife on the kitchen table.

Investigators allege Souza kept changing the details in her account of what happened. At one point she reportedly told officers she was in a different room, and after finding her fiancé with a knife in his chest, she panicked, pulled it out and threw it onto the kitchen table.

Neighbors said they couldn't believe the allegations against the woman living in the house next door. They told our 11 News crew Souza is a nice woman and a good neighbor.

"The police came and asked if they could come in and talk about what we heard and what we saw. We began to see something very serious had happened next door to our house in our quiet neighborhood here,” neighbor Bob Spurgin told 11 News.

A friend of Watkins says they served together in the army at Fort Carson and he will be missed.

Souza bonded out of jail four days after her arrest.