MONROE – Two men are in custody and facing murder charges related to the death of 29-year-old Lucero Sosa Capote.
The Monroe Police Department said two males forcibly entered Capote’s home at the 1600 block of Tower Court at 4:40 a.m. July 12 to commit a robbery. During the robbery, Capote was killed from a gunshot wound.
Her five children were home at the time. Two were treated with minor injuries that occurred during the altercation.
Police released vague descriptions of what the suspects wore during the crime. Twelve days later, police had obtained warrants for the arrest of Byron Blair Watkins and Antwan David Sturdivant. Police released a photo of the pair to the public, describing them as armed and dangerous. Sturdivant surrendered to law enforcement July 24.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Monroe Police Department were among law enforcement agencies searching for Watkins on July 25 off N.C. 200 near the state line following reports of gunfire near a home associated with the suspect. That turned up empty.
The U.S. Marshals Services and Lexington County Sheriffs Office arrested Watkins at 12:30 a.m. July 26 in Lexington, S.C.
Both men face charges of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Watkins, 25, faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharge a firearm in an occupied dwelling and assault on a child under 12. Sturdivant,19, faces an additional charge of assault on a female.
Their next court date is Aug. 15.
Funeral services for Capote were held July 17 at Lakeland Memorial Home. She grew up in Monroe, having attended Walter Bicket Elementary, Monroe Middle, Monroe High and South Piedmont Community College, according to her obituary.