Watkins said Thursday it took him more than two years to get over the incident. He still thinks about it every day. But Watkins said he put his trust in God, and went on to serve two terms as Marion County sheriff.
"Everybody thought I should quit, but I wanted to stay in law enforcement," he said.
"I'm here for a reason," he said. "If I help someone, I thank God I was able to help someone."
Watkins said Crum's death brought up memories of his own experience.
"It's rough to talk about it," he said. "I want to believe -- and I do believe -- that [Crum] is in a much happier place now."
Watkins said he is praying for Crum's family. And he has a word of advice for helping them come to terms with what happened.
"You have to forgive the man who did this," he said. "It's hard to do, but until you do that, I don't think anybody can get any satisfaction out of life."
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