Man questioned in death of Port Gibson woman has record with MDOC

Published 12:03 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

The parole officer for a Port Gibson man being questioned in the death of a homeless woman over the weekend has recommended he be held on no bond, the city’s police chief said today.

Dexter Watson, 40, 907 Vine St., is on parole for a malicious mischief charge, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections records. Further information about his sentence was not available.

He is being questioned in 35-year-old Patricia Dotson’s death, and is in the Claiborne County Jail on drug charges.

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Port Gibson police Chief Calvin Jackson said Watson is being held without bond, per the request of his parole officer.

Dotson’s body was found behind First Baptist Church on Farmer Street Sunday morning.

An autopsy showed she died of stab wounds to the face and trauma to the head. Investigators are awaiting the results of other tests from the Mississippi Crime Lab.

Dotson had family in Port Gibson, including her grandfather, Constable Roosevelt Dotson.