Apple Tree assailant roomed with victim

RANSON – The Baltimore woman charged with involvement in the April shooting of Apple Tree Gardens that left one man dead and a woman injured was a former roommate of one of the victims.

Carletta “Cee” Watson, 29, will appear before Magistrate William Senseney on Wednesday, June 6 for a preliminary hearing. She was arrested May 30 in Baltimore. She is currently being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.


The shooting took place in Building 8 of the Apple Tree Gardens apartment complex on the edge of Ranson and was the second shooting there in six months. Dontrell Tyree Curry was killed in the incident, and Rachel Cooke was shot in the arm.

Two unidentified male gunmen suspected of carrying out the shooting remain at large.

Watson is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit attempted murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. If convicted, she faces one to five years and a $10,000 fine for each of the three counts.

According to police, Cooke was “awakened by an unknown black male holding a gun” on the night of April 25. After being led from one bedroom into another, she saw a second gunman with Curry, as well as Watson.

Watson had lived in the apartment with Cooke and Curry until the previous day, according to records.

“Ms. Cooke had given a key to (Watson) because (Watson) had been staying with Ms. Cooke and Mr. Curry,” states the criminal complaint. “Mr. Curry after some time advised Ms. Cooke that he did not want (Watson) living with them. On April 24, Ms. Cooke asked (Watson) to leave. (Watson) returned the apartment key that Ms. Cooke gave her and took all of her belongings out of the apartment.”

There were no signs of forced entry at the residence.

The complaint also states that Watson had been with Cooke when she cashed a large check for back-owed child support in Frederick, Md.

After being asked for the PIN numbers to a number of $1,000 prepaid credit cards Cooke had obtained while cashing the check, Curry was shot first by one of the gunmen. Cooke then put up her arm to protect her face and was shot in the arm, according to the complaint.

The three left with prepaid credit cards, cash and other items according to the complaint.

Two children were present in the home during the shooting. They were not physically injured.

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