Mother maintains son's innocence: 'I'm gonna stick with him' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mother maintains son's innocence: 'I'm gonna stick with him'

Though Dowdy confessed, his mother believes he is innocent. (Photo Source: SCSO) Though Dowdy confessed, his mother believes he is innocent. (Photo Source: SCSO)
WMC first met the mother and son in 2012, when they received a new home following storm damage. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) WMC first met the mother and son in 2012, when they received a new home following storm damage. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The murder trial for Antwoin Dowdy begins Monday morning at 201 Poplar. Dowdy is accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Charquette Smith at a graduation party in 2013.

Rebecca Miller, Dowdy's mother, maintains his innocence.

"I'm with him 100 percent," she said. "I'm gonna stick with him."

Dowdy has been sitting in jail, charged with first-degree murder, for almost two years, awaiting the trial.

"He might fight you but he's not gonna walk up to no car and shoot nobody like eight times," said Miller. "He's not that kind of type of child."

However, police say Dowdy confessed to the shooting.

"My son ain't never been in no gang. He's never been involved. He's basketball, playing football at Douglas High School," added Miller.

In fact, WMC Action News 5 first met Dowdy in December 2012, when he was on crutches because of a football injury. He and his mother had just received a new home after a tree crashed into their own. At that time, Miller's other son, Antonio, was already in jail, serving time for first-degree murder.

Miller says Antwoin is innocent and shouldn't be in jail.

"I had him, I raised him. I just don't believe that," added Miller. "I know he's a good child. He's a faithful child.

Jury selection begins Monday at 9 a.m. and Miller says she'll be there all week.

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