Maricopa County Superior Court scheduled a preliminary trial Thursday, Feb. 6, for accused killer Sean Davidson.
Davidson, 21, faces first-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing Ray Watkins Jan. 25.
Davidson allegedly told police he killed Watkins “because he was sexually assaulting me in my sleep.”
Watkins, 53, was fatally shot in the alley behind the Astrology Store, his downtown Glendale business.
According to the police report, Davidson, a Glendale resident, had been banned from the business. But he was in the store the afternoon of Jan. 25.
After leaving the store, he told police he bought a gun at a pawn shop and ammunition at a gun store. He returned to the Astrology Store as it was closing for the night at 6 p.m.
Watkins was leaving through the back door when Davidson allegedly confronted him.
A witness saw Davidson shoot Watkins and then stomp on the victim’s head, according to the police report.
Davidson then allegedly went to the front of the store, broke a glass and entered the store. He later told police he was going to kill Watkins’ husband, co-owner of the store, but changed his mind.
The shooting took place a block from the Glendale Police Department. A witness pointed out Davidson to officers who arrived on the scene. The officers chased Davidson but he escaped on foot.
After store workers identified Davidson as the man who shot Watkins. Glendale Police put out an alert to law enforcement agencies, describing Davidson and his vehicle.
At 9 p.m., three hours after Watkins was killed, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers spotted Davidson’s vehicle and attempted to pull him over on Interstate 10.
Davidson refused to stop and fled at a high speed, according to the police report. His vehicle crashed near Miller Road, rolling over.
Davidson was injured in the wreck and taken to a hospital. There, he allegedly told police he shot Watkins and stomped on his head to make sure he was dead.
Davidson also told police he planned to flee to Mexico to avoid arrest.
After his release from the hospital, Davidson was taken to jail on first-degree murder charges.