The estranged husband of a woman found dead Saturday in the bedroom of her southwest Oklahoma City home was arrested Monday, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. William M. Watson, 24, was being held without bail Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail on a murder complaint, jail records show. Cindy Lorine Watson, 27, and a female roommate went to a bar Friday night and received a ride home from a male friend, who left after they were safely home, according to a police report released Tuesday. The roommate woke up about 9 a.m. Saturday to find Watson dead. She called police. The state medical examiner has not ruled on a cause or manner of death, Wardlow said. William Watson was accompanied by his uncle when he surrendered to Shawnee police on Monday, Shawnee police Detective Greg Gibson said. He was brought to Oklahoma City, interviewed and booked into jail, Wardlow said. Gibson said child welfare services officials have intervened to ensure the couple’s three children, all age 4 and younger, are cared for. Tabitha Sandoval, of Shawnee, said she and Cindy Watson were friends, having met through work at a clothing store at Shawnee Mall. Sandoval said Watson was a good mother who took her children everywhere she went. "She was always taking them to the park and doing kid things with them,” Sandoval said. "Her kids were her life.” The Watsons were married in July 2004 and were getting a divorce, court records show. They agreed to joint custody of their children. Cindy Watson filed a protective order against William Watson in March 2008, but filed for its early dismissal in April 2009 so they could exchange children under joint custody, according to court records. William Watson pleaded guilty in August to violating the order in March 2009 and received a two-year term of unsupervised probation as part of a deferred sentence. CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER ANN KELLEY
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