Rochester man pleads not guilty to drug and assault crimes

Christopher Watson Christopher Watson

Arrested in separate incidents in September and November 2017.

Posted: Apr. 10, 2018 1:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man arrested in two separate incidents is pleading not guilty to all charges.

Christopher Michael Watson, 28 of Rochester, entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to 3rd degree controlled substance crime, two counts of 2nd degree assault, and threats of violence. His trial is set to begin on July 23.

Watson was first arrested on September 26, 2017, after Rochester police searched a home and said they found large amounts of cocaine and marijuana, some heroin, a number of pills, and a loaded handgun.

Two other people were arrested after that search. Kyle Kirk Peterson, 32 of Rochester, is charged with 1st degree sale of cocaine, 1st degree possession of cocaine, two counts of 2nd degree sale of drugs in a park zone, 3rd degree sale of heroin, 5th degree sale of Xanax, and possession of a firearm by a drug user. Jennifer Nou, 28 of Rochester, is charged with two counts of aiding and abetting 1st degree sale of cocaine, 2nd degree sale of drugs in a park zone, aiding and abetting 2nd degree sale of drugs in a park zone, aiding and abetting 3rd degree sale of heroin, aiding and abetting 5th degree sale of Xanax, and possession of a firearm by a drug user.
Neither Peterson nor Nou has entered a plea.

Watson was then arrested on November 26, 2017, after Rochester police responded to a report of gunfire in the 400 block of 14th Street Northwest. Police say Christopher Watson and Shawn Bernard Watson, 24 of Rochester, went to the home and during an argument with two other people, Christopher Watson reportedly pulled out a gun. Police say a shot was fired, though no one was hit, and Watson pistol-whipped another person.

Shawn Watson previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of 2nd degree assault and his trial is set for June 11.

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