LIMA — A man who killed a young boy with a hammer and tried to kill his own son appeared via video at a hearing Wednesday to be informed of terms of parole should he ever be released.
The hearing was to advise Terry Watson that he would be under supervision for three years should he ever be released from prison. The hearing is required by law.
The hearing was held with a link to Chillicothe Correctional Institution where Watson is serving a 15-years-to-life-in-prison sentence on the charges of murder and felonious assault.
Watson’s next parole hearing is May 2021. His prison sentence was continued for 10 years in 2011.
Watson, now 52, beat 10-year-old Reginald Pierson to death with a hammer at his son’s 10th birthday party. He also attacked his son and beat him with a hammer but his son survived.
The attack happened July 19, 1996, after friends and family celebrated the child’s birthday. Watson told police he heard voices in his head and had an out-of-body experience when he attacked the boys.
Watson’s attorney in 1996, Mike Dugan, also handled the hearing Wednesday. At the sentencing in 1996, Dugan said Watson had a history of mental health problems dating back to 1992.
Dugan said Watson had not properly been treated and he was diagnosed as an individual trying to get attention rather than actually revealing symptoms of a mental illness. He was given an aspirin and sent home, Dugan said.
After he was jailed in the murder case he was placed on medication to control hallucinations. Watson told the judge at the time the medicine was working.