Final autopsy reports released in Lester Street Massacre - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Final autopsy reports released in Lester Street Massacre

Police charged Cecil Dotson's brother, Jessie Dotson, with six counts of murder. Police charged Cecil Dotson's brother, Jessie Dotson, with six counts of murder.

Final autopsy reports released Thursday reveal in grim detail exactly how six people died last march in the Lester Street Massacre.

The bodies of six people - two children and four adults - were found inside the house at 722 Lester Street on March 3.

According to the final autopsy reports:

  • Two-year-old Cecil Dotson II died of multiple sharp force injuries, including seven stab wounds, most to the head.
  • Four-year-old Cemario Dotson died of blunt and sharp force injuries.  The medical examiner's report details blunt trauma to his head, cuts on his head and neck, and a stab wound to the chest hat pierced his lung.
  • The boys' father, Cecil Dotson 30, died of multiple gunshot wounds.  The report details eight gunshots, one each to his head, neck, chest, and right leg.  Four more shots hit his left leg.
  • Marissa Williams, 27, also died of multiple gunshot wounds.  The report details five gunshots, one each to the head, chest, abdomen, right leg, and left leg.
  • Hollis Seals, 33, suffered from three gunshot wounds - one to the mouth, and two to the chest.
  • Shindri Robinson, 22, was hit by four bullets.  Three struck her left leg, and one hit her right leg.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said the murder scene inside 722 Lester was one of the worst his homicide investigators had ever experienced.

"It was a horrific scene," he said. "The look on their faces when they would brief me - I guess I haven't seen that in my 35 years."

Police charged Cecil Dotson's brother, Jessie Dotson, with six counts of murder.  Investigators say he is the only suspect in the Lester Street case.


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