Convcited Killer Charged with Six Tennessee Deaths
A recently released convicted murderer was charged with the deaths of six people in Memphis on Saturday, reported USA Today.
Jessie Dotson, 33, was arrested on Friday and was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. Dotson's brother, Cecil, 30, and two of his children, 2 and 4, were also killed, while the other three are in critical condition, reported the Memphis Flyer.
The surviving three children aer under police custody at a children's hospital, reported USA Today. Also killed were Hollis Seals, 33, Shindri Roberson, 25, and Marissa Rene Williams, 26, the mother of four of Cecil Dotson's children.
Memphis police said Jessie Dotson first shot his brother then killed or attempted to kill the others in the house to cover up the first murder, reported the Memphis Flyer. The bodies were not discovered by police for more than 30 hours.
Police are "confident" Dotson is the only killer, although the investigation remains open. He said the brothers began arguing last Saturday afternoon and the argument continued throughout the evening, culminating in the "horrific" shootings and stabbings of nine people.
The adults were shot, while the children were stabbed with a knife and bludgeoned, police said, reported USA Today.
Dotson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1994, spent 14 years in jail and was released this January from prison.
Cecil Dotson and Seals each had extensive criminal records that include possession of illegal drugs and firearms. Cecil Dotson is identified in jail records as a known gang member.
The Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, in Tennessee, said prosecutors will make an announcement soon about whether they will seek the death penalty for Dotson, who is in the Shelby County Jail.