Mecklenburg County prosecutors announced last week they would seek the death penalty against Mark Cox, the man Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say stabbed a pregnant Butler High School graduate to death in south Charlotte’s StoneCrest shopping center in January.
Bill Stetzer, an assistant district attorney in the county’s homicide team, said Monday, May 7, it was unclear when Cox’s murder trial would start. Cox is charged with killing Danielle Watson, his co-worker and a manager at The Flying Biscuit Café, as the two closed the StoneCrest restaurant for the night Jan. 13. Police say Cox, a convicted felon prior to being hired at The Flying Biscuit Café, stabbed Watson before stealing money from the restaurant safe and fleeing to Fayetteville in Watson’s car. A sanitation worker found Watson’s body the next morning behind a trash bin near Chick-fil-A while authorities were nearby investigating the robbery, and police say they found Cox’s bloody work uniform and a large butcher knife at the home of Chelsea Cox later that day.
Along with being charged with Watson’s death, Cox faces an additional charge for the murder of her unborn child as part of North Carolina’s Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Prosecutors would not discuss what went into their decision to seek the death penalty.