Accountant Bound for Trial in Angel Murder

12/9/10

Kent Thomas Keigwin, a former certified public accountant, has been ordered to stand trial on charges that include murder for financial gain in connection with the death of John G. Watson, a retired biotech executive and San Diego angel investor whose body was found June 8. Prosecutors presented evidence at a three-day preliminary hearing that Watson was struck by a Taser and strangled, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Witnesses also testified that Keigwin posed as Watson while trying to open an account at Scottrade, an online brokerage firm, and attempted to transfer $7.5 million of Watson’s money into it. Superior Court Judge Yvonne Campos ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @

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