Ex-boyfriend charged in WA woman’s death

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SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Kent, Wash., man with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

In court papers filed Monday, prosecutors contend Ezekiel Watkins killed 19-year-old Kathy Chou of Renton on April 18, 2010, then hid her body and evaded detection until his arrest last week.

Police interviewed Watkins when Chou disappeared but he had an alibi. They talked to him again last week. Court documents say he told investigators that Chou was killed after “causing trouble in his life by threatening his new girlfriend.”

Watkins directed police to a vacant piece of land and human remains were found last weekend. Police say they believe they are Chou’s.

Watkins is jailed on $1 million bail. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.