Man accused of Lester Street murders back in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Man accused of Lester Street murders back in court

The man accused of killing his family in the Lester Street Massacre was back in court Monday morning.

Jessie Dotson was arrested exactly one month ago Monday, charged with murdering six people and attempting to murder three more.    

In court Monday, Dotson's face did not let on any of his feelings during the quick court appearance.

Now, the clock is ticking for the state to present some of the evidence it has against Dotson. A judge set his preliminary hearing for April 30th.

Investigators said Dotson killed his brother Cecil Dotson first on March 3. Then, to cover up his crime, police said he killed three other adults in the house and stabbed five children, killing two of them.

Prosecutors said they are not ruling out the possibility Dotson had help in the mass murder

"We feel confident in who we have. Nothing is closed as far as something could develop. We don't know anything about that but the police would certainly inform us about that if something came to pass," prosecutor Reginald Henderson said.

Dotson's attorney said he has discussed with Dotson the possibility of getting a mental evaluation, but he said there is no decision on it yet.

"I can't talk about specifically what we've talked about but he is in good spirits considering what he's facing, and he's looking forward to his day in court," Dotson's attorney Gerald Skahan said.

Earlier, prosecutors said they may seek the death penalty in the case.

Prosecutors said they are not going to make a decision on the death penalty at this point because there is still a lot of evidence to process

Dotson's attorney said it is a tough situation for the family because they are related to both the victim and the defendant.


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