Today, in the 226th District Court, Defendant Donald Huff (age 54) was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing his fiancé, Arlene Harding-Watts (age 46) in a DWI crash. A jury convicted Huff of felony murder on June 26, 2013. A person commits felony murder, if while committing a felony, he commits an act that is clearly dangerous to human life which causes the death of another. On August 6, 2009, at 8:05 p.m., Huff drove while intoxicated for the fourth time, which is a felony.
The crash occurred while Huff drove along a leftward curve on Nacogdoches about 400 feet before the intersection of Nacogdoches and Naco-Perrin. Evidence documented at the scene showed that Huff hit his brakes hard during the curve before the motorcycle dropped onto its left side, skidded over a curb, and eventually stopped. Huff was not visibly injured; however, his passenger, Ms. Harding-Watts, suffered severe scrapes to her left side, a compound fracture to her lower left leg, and a broken neck. Initially Huff cooperated with officers at the scene and began performing field sobriety tests but complained of back pain after failing the first test and asked to be taken by EMS to the hospital. Officers requested a statutory blood draw at University Hospital. Defendant's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, about three and one half hours after the crash.
Huff had been previously convicted of DWI in Bell County, Texas in 1984 and was also convicted of DWI in Bexar County in 1989 and 1996.
For more information, contact David W. Henderson, Chief DWI Task Force, at 210.335.2308.