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A Michigan man is accused of killing his boyfriend of a decade over a video game.
Oakland County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to an apartment building in Pontiac just before midnight on Thursday to investigate a report of a domestic assault, according to a press release obtained by Oxygen.com. Docquen Jovo Watkins, 31, had apparently called 911 to report that he and his boyfriend had gotten into a fight. He told the dispatcher that his boyfriend Rory Teasley, 28, was “asleep” on the couch.
But Teasley was far from just asleep: When deputies arrived, they discovered Teasley “unconscious and not breathing.”
He was taken to the hospital but the medical staff was unable to revive him. They soon pronounced him dead.
Investigators say Teasley was choked to death, and they point to the multiplayer first-person shooter video game “Overwatch” as the trigger for the violence against him.
“The two men were playing a video game called “Overwatch” when the argument began,” they stated, noting that Watkins and Teasley "had been together for 10 years.”
They specified that the “argument over [a] video game" has led to a murder charge in this case.
Watkins is now being held without bond in the Oakland County Jail on a second-degree murder charge, according to online jail records. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Watkins has yet to enter a plea and a probable cause conference has been set for Watkins for Jan. 18. The press release about his arrest notes that he has a prior misdemeanor conviction for malicious destruction of property.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard commented on the alleged catalyst for the murder, calling it unacceptable.
“People resort to violence over trivial and insignificant disagreements,” he stated in the press release. “There is never a reason where violence is acceptable over a disagreement. Those that do so will be held accountable.”
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