Man Convicted Again Of Murdering Girlfriend

October 13, 1991

A Baltimore man convicted for the second time of murdering his pregnant girlfriend in 1987 at an Edgewood motel will be sentenced Oct. 30in Harford Circuit Court.

Ethel "Dino" Watson, a 47-year-old mechanic, was found guilty of first-degree murder following a two-week trial that ended Oct. 4. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Watson was convicted of the murder two years ago in Circuit Courtand sentenced to life, but was granted a new trial by the Court of Appeals.

Jeanette D. Hill, 21, of Washington, was found dead Sept. 23, 1987, at the Chase Manor Motel on Pulaski Highway. She was nearlysix months pregnant.

Watson and Hill had traveled to Aberdeen to visit the woman's relatives, and on the way they bought liquor and checked into the motel, according to police reports and trial testimony.

Watson told police that as he was getting ready to leave the motel, he found Hill lying on the floor and called 911.

When an ambulance arrived, paramedics found Watson trying to revive Hill, court records show. The crew noted, however, that Hill had been dead for sometime because rigor mortis had set in.

An autopsy showed that Hillhad died of strangulation and multiple blows to the head with a fistor a blunt instrument. It also revealed that the fetus most likely died from blows to the woman's abdomen inflicted several hours before she was strangled.

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