NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Deputies made an arrest in the Tuesday night Castle Hayne homicide of 56-year-old Kay Humble Waters.
Waters has a history
William Waters was convicted in 2009 for strangling his wife, but didn't serve jail time for the charge.
His wife, Kay Waters, filed for a protective order earlier this year.
In the filing she explained why she wrote: Many times in the past, when drunk, he has threatened me with a knife or sword – and has held one to my throat.
Another time the filing reads: had to leave home because he was so drunk and began verbally abusing me.
The protective order said she turned off her phone, so William left 29 voicemails telling Kay he was coming for her.
That order was never set because Kay failed to appear in court.
William also has previous domestic violence charges in Florida.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office arrested 48-year-old William Keith Waters, a former U.S. Marine who served in Beirut in the 1980s.
According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer, the homicide happened at 3525 Hanover Ave. in Castle Hayne.
He was charged with second degree murder and appeared in court Wednesday. Kay Waters was killed with a knife, according to District Attorney Ben David, but he would not rule out it being a sword.
Deputies say this is not William Water's first offense. In February 2009, he was convicted of strangling Kay Waters. After the conviction, he was reportedly diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome and bi-polar disorder.
William Waters has other domestic violence charges from Santa Rose, Florida, although it is not known if they involved Kay Waters.
He is being held under a $1 million bond in the New Hanover County Detention Facility. His next court date is set for Dec. 15 and he will be represented by a court-appointed attorney.
A man claiming to be the son of William Waters called New Hanover County 911 Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. to report a murder. In the call, the man stated that he received a call from his father around 4:30 that morning claiming that he had killed his wife the night before.
[Listen to the 911 call (mov)]
When the son advised Waters that he would have to call the police, Waters reportedly said he was joking and just trying to get his son's attention.
During the 911 call, the caller said that his father had been arrested many times before at the house, and that this would not be too far out of the realm of possibility for him to do this.
WECT has learned that police were called to the same address twice this year, once for a domestic disturbance call and a second time to serve a protective order.
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