Memphis judge denies new trial request for Dotson

Jessie Dotson
Jessie Dotson

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  A judge on Wednesday denied a new trial for a man sentenced to death for killing six people in a house in Memphis.

Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr. denied a request by Jessie Dotson to overturn his October conviction.

Beasley said he was convinced the jury was allowed to consider all the evidence from both sides and that Dotson's rights were protected throughout the case.

"We're pretty comfortable with how we tried this case and that we stayed within the bounds of the law, that we followed the law, and that we presented a fair case to the jury based on evidence and proof that was available to us," Assistant Districty Attorney Ray Lepone said.

Dotson was sentenced to death Oct. 12 for fatally shooting and stabbing his brother Cecil Dotson, two nephews and three others. An ex-convict, Jessie Dotson shot his brother in the head during an argument, then attacked the rest to eliminate witnesses.
Three children survived being beaten and stabbed by Dotson.

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