CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Brook Park man is accused of fatally shooting his 57-year-old live-in girlfriend, a mother of five who was found dead inside her home on Tuesday.
Lowell Harris, 62, is charged with aggravated murder. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest.
Harris is accused of shooting Holly Watkins in the neck at her home in the 12100 block of Emery Avenue off West 130th Street in the city’s Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood.
A friend checked on Watkins about 11 a.m. Tuesday after she didn’t show up for work. The friend found her dead by the side of her bed, according to a police dispatch report.
Investigators later learned that Harris stole Watkins’ car and sped off after the killing, according to court records.
Harris is known to carry a handgun and ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, according to police dispatch records.
Watkins was a mother of five children, including twins and a son with developmental disabilities, according to neighbors. She worked at Malley’s Chocolates and spent time caring for her children and her elderly mother, neighbors said.
She had told neighbors she wanted to move from the home she lived in for about four years.
Harris has a criminal history that includes three felony gun possession convictions in 2010, 1990 and 1989. In 1987, he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and was sentenced to two years on probation.
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