HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A homicide suspect has his first court appearance.
Shanion Donta Watson, 35, appeared in Guilford County Court in High Point via television in connection to the death of Chiquita Lawanna Adams, 35.
It was the first time Adams’ family laid eyes on Watson -- a boyfriend they were not aware Adams had.
"I want to know why? Just why did he take my daughter,” Teresa Adams, Adams’ mother, said.
Adams was found dead in a room at the Atrium Inn Christmas Day.
In court, it was revealed that Adam’s 11-year-old daughter was in the room opening Christmas gifts as the mother lay unresponsive -- thought to be asleep.
At some point, Watson told the girl to take a shower.
Once she returned, Watson was gone with Adams’ cell phone and car.
After trying repeatedly, the girl could not wake Adams and asked a hotel maid for help.
It was also revealed that investigators found a bloody towel in the room.
Watson’s brother and sister were also in court.
“Frustration, confusion, anger, I can't believe my brother would do something like that. I still don't,” Aaron Watson said.
“I just wanted to pay my respects to them and I'm hurting just like they're hurting,” Brittany Watson said.
The family of Chiquita Adams says they are willing to forgive and are praying for Watson.
“We forgive him. We forgive him, but it's not up to us right now. It's up to God,” Reginald Williams, Adams’ uncle, said.
Watson is being held under a $2,000,000 secured bond.
His next court date is scheduled for March 4.
Watson is charged with first-degree murder for which he could face death or life without parole.