Bond Set for Accused Kidnapper, Murderer

Francisco Favela was found dead in a garage near his home

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    Francisco Favela's body was found bound and shot in a garage a few doors down from where he was kidnapped. (Published Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010)

    Bond has been set at $800,000 for one of two men charged with the kidnapping and murdering North Side resident Francisco Favela

    Keith Watts, 35, is accused of apprehending Favela at his home near West Cermack Road and South Keeler Avenue on Saturday, police said.

    Favela's body was found bound and shot in a garage a few doors down from where he was apprehended.

    Watt's appeared in court Tuesday morning and Darnell Stokes, 38, of Justice, Ill.,, who's also charged, will appear Wednesday.

    Prosecutors say Watts' phone was used to demand $500,000 ransom money from Favela's family. Police served a search warrant on his home, where they found bloody clothes and bloody duct tape, prosecutors said. Police found two guns at Watts' residence.

    They say he, Stokes, and possibly one other person met Favela at the apartment on Saturday afternoon after telling victim they were interested in renting his apartment. Once there, they kidnapped Favela and bound and gagged another victim, who they put face-down in a bath tub. The second victim escaped after the others left with Favela, in Favela's red Chevrolet Blazer

    Authorities said Favela died of blunt force head trauma.