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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The attorney for a 16-year-old charged with murdering his neighbor says cameras shouldn’t be allowed inside the courtroom.

Attorney Walt Britt argued before a Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Friday afternoon that cameras would unfairly prejudice his client, James Watkins.

Watkins is accused of brutally murdering 77-year-old Margaret Sheffield, a grandmother who lived nine doors down from him.

 

John Watkins, the suspect's father, sat silently in the courtroom and chose not to speak as he left.

Watkins has called police on his son at least twice in the last year.

Once, on April 20, he tried to punish his son by taking away his MP3 player. He told a responding police officer that as he was trying to wrestle the MP3 player away, his son bit him.

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