A Shreveport man charged with killing a local couple and then burning their bodies in their car late last year will face the death penalty if convicted, the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s office says.

Dewayne Willie Watkins, 34, was indicted February 14, 2019 by the Caddo Parish Grand Jury in connection with the November 8, 2018 robbery, kidnapping and slaying of a Shreveport couple, Kelly Jose, 43, and Heather Jose, 32. The Joses were found inside a burned car in the Queensborough neighborhood. Watkins later was arrested in the 2600 block of Penick Street, two blocks from the burned car, after a nearly six-hour standoff with law-enforcement officers.

The Caddo Parish DA’s office filed its Notice Of Intent To Seek The Death Penalty Monday, March 11, 2019, said Monique Y. Metoyer, section chief of the DA’s Homicide Screening Section.

Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. appointed the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center to represent Watkins. The case is set for arguments and hearings May 13, 2019.