Lester Street case advances to grand jury - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Lester Street case advances to grand jury

Charges against Jessie Dotson, the Memphis man accused of murdering six people in the Lester Street Massacre, advanced to a grand jury Wednesday morning.

Outside the courtroom, Tonoasha Liggins, the cousin of victim Shindri Roberson, found it hard to keep quiet.

"He's the only person that loved them that much, to have that much hate," she said.

Meanwhile in court, Dotson's attorney, Gerald Skahan, waived his client's right to a preliminary hearing.

"There's really no benefit to Mr. Dotson having a preliminary hearing," he said.

Now, the case will go before a grand jury.

"At that time, we'll make our determination whether or not we're going to seek the death penalty," prosecutor Ray Lepone said.

While prosecutors remained undecided, Liggins was not.

"(I) search my spirit to forgive him, but right now I do not forgive him," she said.

Skahan promised there would be more to come in the courtroom.

"I think there's a lot to be learned about what happened that day on Lester Street," he said. "I don't think all the questions have been answered."

Investigators claim Jessie Dotson killed his brother Cecil Dotson at a Lester Street home in Memphis' Binghampton neighborhood on March 3. In an attempt to cover up his crime, police say Dotson then murdered three other adults in the house -- Marissa Williams, Hollis Seals, and Shindri Roberson -- and stabbed five children, killing two of them.

Dotson is charged with six counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder.

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