Columbus police arrest Kozy Inn murder suspect

Monteria L. Watkins

COLUMBUS (WCMH) —  SWAT officers located and arrested Monteria L. Watkins early Monday morning.

Watkins, 32, was wanted in connection to a murder, of Mark E. Horne, 48, at the Kozy Inn in the 3900 block of S. High Street, at about 1:35am, Saturday.

A female, who was originally listed as a suspect was also located by police, but after being interview, is no longer believed to have participated in the murder of Horne.

Watkins has been charged with murder and is in police custody.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, Watkins approached the hotel room of Horne, Saturday night, where a fight ensued, and Watkins shot Horne.

Watkins ran from the scene and bystanders in the area called police.

Horne was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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