Murder Charges Filed

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, August 1 2012 at 4:37 PM, Updated: Wed, August 1 2012 at 4:45 PM

A Lake County man has been accused of murdering his wife.

Martin Brown was indicted Wednesday morning for the murder of Valerie Watts.

Police believe 55 year old Martin Carl Brown murdered his wife sometime between June 1st and July 9th.

"The grand jury yesterday returned an indictment against Mr. Brown."  States Lake County District Attorney David Schutt.  "There are eight charges, murder being the first one, constituting domestic violence."

Brown is also charged with abuse of a corpse, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.

The body of Brown's 47 year old wife Valerie Watts was found at a remote campsite where Brown was staying in early July.

Watt's body was found rolled up in a tarp in a utility trailer at that campsite.

Lake County Sheriff Phil McDonald notes that the homicide has shocked the community...

"Valerie was a longtime resident of Lakeview.  She has three children, and her ex-husband still lives in the community also."

Police have not yet released the exact cause of death. 

Brown is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Thursday afternoon.

Brown was convicted on felony charges of domestic abuse in Sacramento in December of 2004.  Brown has been held on a probation violation since July 9th.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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