Watson Convicted of DUI Manslaughter

Press Release

The Office of the State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on April 17, 2019, a Bay County jury deliberated for approximately 35 minutes before finding James David Watson guilty as charged of DUI Manslaughter.

The State presented 11 witnesses during the trial to establish that the Defendant was under the influence of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, had a blood alcohol level greater than .08, and caused a traffic crash which resulted in the death of Candi Baily.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Mark E. Graham and investigated by the Panama City Beach Police Department. Sentencing is scheduled for June 3, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. before Senior Judge Dedee Costello.

For additional information, contact Chief Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford.