Pensacola, Florida resident Samira Watkins’ body was discovered stuffed inside a duffel bag floating along the west bank of the Bayou Grande on November 3, 2009. Samira, 25, was 2-months’-pregnant and the mother of one child; she was reported missing by her family on October 29, 2009. After an investigation, Navy sailor Zachary Littleton, 26, was arrested for homicide at the Pensacola Naval Air Station on November 23, 2009 and held without bond. A search of Zachary Littleton’s computer showed that he planned Samira Watkins’ murder.
Prosecutors allege Littleton could no longer juggle his affairs with other women: Samira was pregnant with his child and would not have an abortion; his wife, who was also in the Navy, was about to move to Pensacola to live with him; and, if the Navy found out about Samira’s pregnancy, it could end his military career. Adultery is a crime in the military and punishable by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In June 2011, Zachary Littleton was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Littleton’s attorney said the evidence in the case was circumstantial and maintained his innocence.
According to prosecutors, the crime happened like this:
- After breaking it off with Samira Watkins, Zachary Littleton made several phone calls to Samira.
- He lured her to his home under the guise of working things out and discussing the pregnancy.
- When she arrived, he strangled her until she was unconscious.
- He put tape on her mouth and then stuffed her inside of duffel bag.
- After that, he drove to the Bayou Grande and dumped her body from the bridge.
- He later dumped her car in another area, before calling a taxi to pick him up at the Waffle House.
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