Port Gibson man being held in homeless woman’s killing

Published 12:04 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Port Gibson man was still being held and questioned by Port Gibson police in the case of a woman whose body was found Sunday morning behind a church, police Chief Calvin Jackson said today.

Dexter Watson, 41, 907 Vine St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Jackson said, and he was being questioned in the slaying.

An autopsy showed Patricia Dotson, 34, died of stab wounds to the face and trauma to the head, Claiborne County Coroner J.W. Mallett said.

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Dotson was homeless but had family in the city, including her grandfather, Constable Roosevelt Dotson, Jackson said.

Mallett said more tests that “will take some time” will be needed to show if Dotson was sexually assaulted.

Dotson’s body was discovered behind First Baptist Church on Farmer Street about 7:45 a.m. Sunday by a church worker.

Jackson said questioning is continuing with people in the community, some of whom have said Dotson was last seen “hanging out” Saturday night. She is believed to have died around 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday, Jackson said.