Man in custody in Den’Nicia Rowe killing case

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Latonia Watkins believes her daughter Den’Nicia Rowe was taken advantage of and killed.

STOCKTON, Calif. — A man is in custody four months after a woman was found dead on the side of the road near Tracy.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said she was found on the side of the road near Chrisman and Durham Ferry roads in Tracy in the early morning hours of Jan. 5.

The woman’s mother identified her the following week as Den’Nicia Rowe.

Now, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to ABC10 that David Sergio Duarte is facing charges of murder in connection with her death. He was booked Tuesday just before noon.

Rowe’s mother, Latonia Watkins, previously told ABC10 her daughter suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Watkins said Rowe didn’t accept her diagnosis, wouldn’t take her medication and spent time at mental hospitals.

Rowe was released but her mother wasn’t notified because of her age. Watkins believes her daughter was taken advantage of and killed.

“I was on the phone with my child when I believe she was murdered,” said Watkins. “The last words I heard my child speak, I will never forget. That rings in my head every day, every night.”

The mental hospital she was released from declined to comment citing HIPAA laws.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.