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Memphis City Council gives reward to Lester Street survivors

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis City Council fulfilled a two-year promise Wednesday by providing a $5,000 reward to the children credited with helping send Jessie Dotson to death row.

Members of the city council presented a check to the court-appointed guardian of Cecil Dotson, Jr. and his brother, Cedric Dotson, during a ceremony in the Hall of Mayors.

Both boys testified against their uncle, Jessie Dotson, during his recent trial for the Lester Street murders.

The council first promised a reward in 2008 but never officially voted until this week.

"I do want to thank the council," said the boys' guardian, Valerie Smith. "That the council has held up its word and provided these funds for these children."

The reward will be given to the Dotson Family Fund, which was establish to benefit the three surviving children of the Lester Street Massacre.

This and other crime rewards are reportedly given based on the recommendation from Memphis Police.

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