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Larry Watts

Larry Watts

The trial of an Albany man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly using a stun gun on a Crabtree resident is scheduled to wrap up on Wednesday morning in Linn County Circuit Court.

Larry Edward Watts, 42, faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Instead of a jury, Judge Thomas McHill will determine the verdict in the case, and he is expected to announce his decision at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

The crimes allegedly occurred on May 5 at the accuser’s house in Crabtree, and stemmed from a property dispute where Watts had reportedly stolen some of the accuser’s property, and the accuser retrieved the items from a Lebanon house, according to court paperwork.

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The accuser told authorities that Watts learned the accuser had taken the property back, confronted him at a house on Cold Springs Road and threatened to beat him up if he didn’t get in a vehicle.

They drove to the accuser’s home, where Watts accused the man of theft, pulled out a stun gun and shocked him several times, the accuser told authorities. He added that he was kept in his own house overnight against his will but was able to sneak away.

During court testimony on Tuesday, Watts said that he was shocked three or four times with a stun gun.

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Kyle Odegard

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