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    Lester Street mass-murder case to be heard in Memphis by Nashville jury The Commercial Appeal

    In a first for Shelby County, a jury from another county will be selected to hear the mass-murder trial of a Memphis man charged with killing six people on Lester Street in 2008, a judge ruled Tuesday.

    Noting that there have been thousands of print and electronic news reports on the case against Jessie Dotson, Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr. partially granted the defense request for a change of venue and agreed the jury should be chosen in Davidson County.


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    Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga all have gone to other counties, including Shelby, for juries to hear high-publicity cases, but Shelby County Jury Commissioner Clyde "Kit" Carson said that has never been done here in the past.

    Jury selection in the Dotson case is expected to take about a week, beginning on Sept. 20, and jurors will be brought to Memphis where they will be housed during the trial, which is expected to last about three weeks.

    Prosecutors had argued that a Shelby County jury could be fair and impartial despite the widespread publicity.

    Beasley made his decision after two-page questionnaires were submitted to Shelby County jury sample pools to gauge their knowledge of the case, to determine what opinions they may have formed about the defendant's guilt and to see whether they could set aside those opinions.

    Based on the results of the survey of jurors, who were told they would not be serving on the case, Beasley was persuaded to select jurors elsewhere.

    The judge said he carefully weighed 17 factors outlined in the law that are to be considered in such change-of-venue requests and that most of them pointed to picking an untainted jury from another jurisdiction where he said media exposure has been minimal.

    He noted that an important factor in his decision was the number of people who had seen the A&E program "The First 48," which documented the police investigation and included comments by officers and Dotson's confession.

    "A substantial amount of potential jurors mentioned the defendant's confession and/or the eyewitness identification," Beasley said, adding that the case continues to generate news reports and background on Dotson. "Given the breadth of the coverage thus far and the likelihood that additional coverage will continue to occur, this court finds this factor weighs in favor of granting defendant's request."

    Dotson, 35, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 and had been paroled just weeks before the killings in March 2008 at 722 Lester, off Summer in North Memphis.

    He told authorities that he killed his brother during an argument and then began trying to eliminate witnesses, including three other adults and two children. Three other children were critically injured but survived.

    Dotson faces the death penalty if convicted.

    The four adult victims Cecil Dotson, 30, Marissa Rene Williams, 27, Hollis Seals, 33, and Shindri Roberson, 22 each were shot multiple times.

    The two child victims Cemario Dotson, 4, and Cecil Dotson II, 2, both sons of Cecil were stabbed and beaten to death. They were nephews of Jessie Dotson.

    The survivors, all of whom were stabbed, are Ceniyah Dotson, 4 months at the time of the attack, Cedric Dotson, 5, and Cecil Dotson Jr., 9.

    The case was the worst mass-killing incident in Memphis in decades.

    In January 1983, Memphis police officer Robert S. Hester was taken hostage on Shannon Street by religious cult leader Lindbergh Sanders and a group of followers. After a 30-hour standoff, during which Hester was beaten to death, police stormed the house, killing Sanders and six followers, for a total death toll of eight.

    And on May 22, 1973, David Sanders, 28, who had a history of mental problems, randomly shot and killed five people including a Memphis police officer as he walked down Kansas Street. He was later killed by police after refusing to drop his weapon.

    Shelby County has exported jurors

    Jurors chosen from Shelby County have twice been called upon to hear high-publicity cases in other jurisdictions:

    In 1996, Shelby County jurors were taken to Nashville where they convicted a drunken motorist, Ralph Claypole, of vehicular homicide for killing 31-year-old Amy Hull Randsdell, the daughter of a federal judge.

    In 1999, a Shelby County jury sitting in Clarksville convicted Paul Dennis Reid of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of two Baskin-Robbins employees.

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    Why couldn't Jessie Dotson just have resisted arrest and threatened an officer?

    What a waste of taxpayer money.
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    Okay, it appears he served 14 years on a second degree murder... Not knowing any of the circumstances surrounding that conviction, I'll take it on its surface for what it is. Guy served his time and got out.

    But I gotta say... going on a killing spree within weeks of being released... Maybe he wasn't ready to get out in the first place?

    Seems like someone on his parole board should have seen this coming. Maybe not, but this time, it should be an express lane to the death chamber.

    He certainly took the express lane to his subsequent killings once released.

    There should be no reason he needs to languish on death row for years and years if convicted. Death sentence should be carried out within the month if he's convicted of this fiasco.
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    he admitted he killed them,strike 34567,take him out back and put a bullet in his head,sounds like having to work and be responsible was too tough,now he plans on getting 3 hots and a cot
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    he admitted he killed them,strike 34567,take him out back and put a bullet in his head,sounds like having to work and be responsible was too tough,now he plans on getting 3 hots and a cot
    I know what you are saying duk I kept saying "if convicted" simply because juries are known to do absurd things.

    I fully expect conviction based on the evidence as well as his confession.
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    Killing kids, he won't last long even if he gets life in prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    he admitted he killed them,strike 34567,take him out back and put a bullet in his head,sounds like having to work and be responsible was too tough,now he plans on getting 3 hots and a cot
    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    I know what you are saying duk I kept saying "if convicted" simply because juries are known to do absurd things.

    I fully expect conviction based on the evidence as well as his confession.
    ^^^^^^YEP^^^^^^^^^^^

    This knuckledragger deserves a blindfold and a ciggarette for sure,nothing more.
    First go around, prison depending on the circumstances.
    Second go around,(especially his own brother ,and family members)
    Boom Boom, out goes the lights!!


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