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BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A man charged in connection with the stabbing deaths of two southern Illinois bank employees during a holdup is being held without bond.

James Watts of Cairo waived his right to a detention hearing in federal court on Tuesday.

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Watts is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. A grand jury will determine if he should face other charges.

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Authorities arrested Watts Thursday after the holdup at the First National Bank in Cairo. Anita Jo Grace and Nita Jo Smith both died. A third worker was stabbed but survived.

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Citing court records, The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Grace turned Watts in to police in 2009 after he allegedly cashed stolen checks. Watts later pleaded guilty and was sent to prison. He was released April 29.

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Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com

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