Judge Jon Beetem sentenced James Addie to a mandatory life sentence in Jefferson City for murdering his fiancé, Molly Watson, in 2018 in rural Monroe County. The sentencing took place in July 2021.
This week, on Friday Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. the stunning details will be revealed in a 20/20 True Crime television show available on ABC Channel and Hulu. The show will feature local now Judge Talley Smith, who previously was the prosecutor in this case. Smith stated, “Justice has been served today. James Addie will never be released from prison in Missouri.”
Nearly after three years and with multiple delays, the trial of James Addie, who shot and killed his soon to be wife Molly Watson began.
At the hearing, Cole County Judge Jon Beetem sentenced Addie to a life sentence for murdering his fiancé Molly Watson at the age of 35.
Addie was also sentenced to 10 years for armed criminal action, which would be served consecutively to the life sentence.
Watson was murdered execution style on April 27, 2018, in a remote area in Monroe County, where she had driven to meet, who she thought was to be her soon to be husband, only to find out he was a cold blooded killer. She planned to marry Addie two days later at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri. Friends and family described Watson’s soon to be marriage a wedding of her dreams, explaining she was so happy and in love with Addie.
Cell phone conversations would become one of the main testimonies, giving Watson a voice after her death. Cell phone messages also reveal Watson’s suspicions that something was not quite right.
Her suspicions would prove to be right on target. Addie had already been married for 20 years to Melanie Addie, having two children and lived together near the rural community of Santa Fe. Addie worked as a lieutenant at the Moberly Correctional Facility.
On April 28, 2018, at 2:20 a.m., Melanie was informed about the incident by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, notifying her that her husband’s fiancé had been murdered. Melanie testified, during the trial, that she was unaware of Addie’s relationship with Watson.
Addie’s actions have destroyed two families, the victim’s and his own. While Watson’s family was supposed to be attending her wedding, they were planning her funeral, and Addie’s wife was morning the loss of her husband and a family she spent 20 years building.