Killer Avondre Graham apologizes to Centennial Trail attack victim

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A judge sentenced convicted killer Avondre Graham to an additional 14 months in jail for an attack on Debbie Watkins. Graham is already serving ten years in prison for stabbing Sharlotte McGill to death in 2012.

Graham previously pleaded guilty to murder in October for the 2012 stabbing death of Sharlotte McGill. Graham admitted he hit McGill with a large rock and then stabbed her several times. Graham was sentenced to ten years in jail for the killing.

Prosecutors said Graham attacked and robbed Watkins a few weeks after the fatal attack on McGill.   Documents show Graham asked Watkins for the time as she walked along Centennial Trail.  When she looked down, Graham struck her.  She described being struck repeatedly in her face and the back of her head with what she said was a rubber mallet like tool.

It was the assault on Watkins that ultimately led to his arrest.  

In court Tuesday, Graham’s family members apologized to Watkins.
   
"We are deeply sorry for what has happened, for the physical pain you went through, for the emotional pain it has caused and we're sorry for the fear it has put you through," said Graham’s cousin. 

Graham also stood in court and apologized to his victim.

"I'm sorry for what I did Ms. Watkins,” stated Graham. “I did not mean to do it. I was not on medications and I hope you can forgive me."

Watkins later spoke to KREM 2 News and said it was important to see Graham’s apology in person.

"It was good closure for me, you know,” said Watkins. “I forgave him a long time ago. no point holding on to that but it was nice to hear, it was nice to hear that he really accepts responsibility for it."

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