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Lester Street Murders Trial; Judge Allows Color Photos From Crime Scene

A Memphis judge has denied a request to ban color photographs of the crime scene in the trial of a man charged with killing four adults and two children and attempting to kill three other children.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis judge has denied a request to ban color photographs of the crime scene in the trial of a man charged with killing four adults and two children and attempting to kill three other children.

The Commercial Appeal reports Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr. said he will review all photographs for their relevance in the trial of 35-year-old Jessie Dotson.

Defense attorneys had tried to argue that color photos might be offensive to jurors and prejudicial to their client.

Dotson is accused of killing his brother during an argument in March 2008 and then shooting, stabbing and beating the other people who were in the home to eliminate witnesses.

The capital murder trial is set for September in Memphis. The jury will be brought in from Nashville.




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