Bond set for USF player's suspected murderer

Posted at 11:28 AM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 11:28:47-04

A total $200,000 bond was set for Randolph Graham, accused in the murder of former USF football player Elkino Watkins.

Watson, 23, was stabbed to death in Ybor City early Sunday morning. His friend Desmond Horne was also stabbed.

According to police, a lawyer for Randolph Graham called police Wednesday.

The 23-year-old was taken into custody and will be charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder with a weapon.

The judge set bond at $125,000 for the murder charge, and an additional $75,000 bond for the attempted murder charge. The state recommended a total $400,000 bond, but the judge seemed to be lenient, despite the suspect's previous criminal record, because Graham had voluntarily turned himself in to Tampa Police days after the stabbing.

Earlier this week police released surveillance photos of the suspect.

Police said the incident stemmed from a heated argument that started at the Orpheum Bar in Ybor and continued outside.  

Investigators say Graham pulled out a knife and stabbed Watson several times then ran from the scene.

The USF football team will wear special stickers on their helmets when they play this weekend to honor his life, says team coach Willie Taggart.

LINK: Donations for Elkino Watson funeral & family