Danielle Watson’s coworkers will honor her memory this weekend, exactly one year after she was killed at the StoneCrest shopping center and less than two weeks before her accused killer appears in court.
Watson, a manager at the Flying Biscuit Café at Stonecrest, was stabbed to death Jan. 13, 2012, while closing the business for the evening. Police say her coworker, Mark Cox, committed the murder while robbing the restaurant. Cox now faces two murder charges – one for Watson and another for her unborn child – and is scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg County court on Jan. 24.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Flying Biscuit will donate all the day’s gross profits to the American Cancer Society in Watson’s honor.
“We continue to mourn the loss of Danielle Watson and today is a difficult day for all of us who knew her, including many of the employees that are here today,” said Will Bigham, the restaurant’s co-owner, in a news release. “Danielle was a valued colleague and friend who continues to be missed. Our hope is to honor Danielle’s legacy and cherish her memory with a contribution to The American Cancer Society, an organization respected by Danielle. We offer our utmost condolences and continued support to her family and friends.”
People can dine at the café, at 7930 Rea Road, on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to have their purchase donated to the cause.
Mecklenburg County prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Cox if the case goes to trial. This was the first time prosecutors filed a murder charge against a suspect using North Carolina’s Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Police say Cox stabbed Watson to death Jan. 13, 2012, while stealing money from the restaurant’s safe. Her body was found the next day behind a nearby trash receptacle. A police search warrant report said Cox confessed to committing the murder to his sister, Chelsea Cox. Authorities found Cox’s bloody work uniform and a large butcher knife at his home, the report added.