HOUSTON - A man wanted for murder and thought to be connected to a recent bank robbery says he is not guilty of the crimes.
Mack Watson didn’t want to talk, but KHOU 11 News gave him the chance to just before the fugitive wanted for murder turned himself in to authorities at the Harris County Jail on Friday.
“I'm innocent,” said Watson. “I'm innocent."
Watson’s claims of innocence came 10 days on the run after a deadly drive-by shooting in east Harris County.
One man was killed and a wrecker driver was shot and wounded. Authorities said witnesses identified Watson as the man who opened fire.
"This is some closure to the family to put an end to something that has already occurred and a tragedy,” said Sergeant Derrick Collier of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred two days after someone dubbed the 'cowboy bandit' robbed an Amegy Bank.
Investigators believe Watson is the same man captured on surveillance video. Activist Quanell X helped to secure his surrender.
"He felt that it would be safer turning himself in to me because he was not going to allow them to hurt him if they ran up on him,” said Quanell X.
Watson has a long criminal history that includes a prior conviction for aggravated robbery.
He served 15 years behind bars and had been back on the streets for less than a year when the recent bank robbery and murder took place.
The victim’s car had expensive rims. Investigators were looking at robbery as a possible motive.