Man indicted in September stabbing death

A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man is under indictment in the Sept. 8 stabbing death of a man at an apartment complex in Tigerland.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury Wednesday charged Justin Harrison with second-degree murder in the slaying of Roger Watkins, 22.

Harrison, 4636 Alvin Dark Ave., is accused of stabbing Watkins while the two were arguing outside the Camelot Apartments on Jim Taylor Drive, where Watkins lived, police have said.

Harrison had contacted Watkins via text message and in the text asked Watkins to meet him outside Watkins’ residence, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Harrison’s arrest. When the two met, Harrison attacked Watkins with a “knife-like cutting object” and stabbed him, the affidavit says.

When police took Harrison in for questioning, he said he and Watkins had been in a feud over Watkins’ girlfriend, the affidavit states. Harrison told officers he did not know about the stabbing incident, police said.

A second-degree murder conviction would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.