According to the police, a man from Pontiac, Michigan is accused of choking his boyfriend to death during an argument over a video game on January 6. Oakland County deputies received a call at 11:34 p.m. to an apartment building on Carter Street in Pontiac. According to the authorities, the caller told 911 that he got into a fight with his boyfriend, Rory Teasley, and his boyfriend was “sleeping” on the couch. Deputies said Teasley was unconscious and not breathing when they found him. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The caller’s name is Docquen Jovo Watkins. The authorities said Watkins and Teasley had been playing Overwatch when they got into an argument. According to the police, Watkins choked Teasley to death during the argument.
Officials say a 31-year-old man choked his longtime boyfriend to death after the two got into an argument while playing the video game ‘Overwatch’. https://t.co/DanGYQgqAi
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Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said: “We see far too often across the country these days when people resort to violence over trivial and insignificant disagreements. There is never a reason where violence is acceptable over a disagreement. Those who do so will be held accountable.” Watkins had been in a relationship with Teasley for 10 years when the murder took place. The police said that Watkins has a prior misdemeanor conviction for malicious destruction of property. He was taken into custody at the Oakland County Jail without bond and was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge on Sunday.
A probable cause conference is taking place on January 18, whereas a preliminary examination is scheduled for January 25. Whether video games can increase aggression in a person has been debated for decades. A study conducted in 2000 showed that college students who played Wolfenstein 3D punished their opponent for a longer period than students who played Myst, a non-aggressive game. Some Twitter users have expressed anger toward Watkins as nobody wants to see some of the most beloved video games turning people into murderers.