Zachary Littleton, right, listens to his attorney Jerome Smiley, left, before a bond hearing Jan. 15. Littleton, who accused of killing his pregnant mistress, received a $500,000 bond. (Tony Giberson / Pensacola News Journal)
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A judge granted $500,000 bond Wednesday for a sailor accused of killing his pregnant mistress and dumping her body in Bayou Grande.
Zachary Littleton, 25, a master of arms in the Navy is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 31 disappearance and death of Samira Watkins.
Boaters discovered a duffel bag that contained Watkins' body Nov. 3 along the bayou shore. Her face was covered with duct tape from her mouth to her eyes, according to arrest reports.
Circuit Judge Terry Terrell said that while the evidence gathered during the Pensacola Police Department's investigation more than meets the threshold for probable cause to arrest Littleton, the state's case lacks physical evidence like blood, fingerprints or DNA.