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HENDERSON CO., September 19, 2013—A Henderson County inmate has died, following an attempted hanging in the Henderson County Jail, according to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.
40 year-old James Howard Dotson died in a Tyler hospital on September 16. His death is the result of an attempted hanging which took place the day before. According to Sheriff Nutt, a Detention Officer discovered Dotson, hanging, at 10:59 p.m., on Sunday.
Dotson’s body has been sent for autopsy, and the incident is under official investigation.
Dotson was in jail on charges stemming from a July 24 incident, in which he entered the home of his ex-girlfriend’s brother, Michael Jennings, placed a gun to the head of his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Black, and removed her from the location. Jennings fired a warning shot, and Dotson returned to the home, making an offensive move toward Jennings. At that time, Jennings shot Dotson in the stomach.
Dotson was hospitalized for the gunshot injury, and was not placed under arrest due to his medical condition. However, on September 4, he left the hospital with the assistance of a female friend.
On September 7, Dotson was arrested in McKinney, and was returned to Henderson County Jail on September 12.
Dotson was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Burglary of a Habitation; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; and Unlawful Restraint.
KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Sheriff Nutt about the incident. Click below for more.
HENDERSON CO., July 26, 2013—According to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, On Wednesday, July 24, James Dotson, age 40, drove to a residence located in the Cherokee Shores Subdivision in the northeast part of Henderson County. He entered the residence, and placed a gun to the head of his ex-girlfriend, 36 year-old Michelle Black. Dotson instructed Black to walk outside, where the two climbed into a pick-up truck.
Black’s brother, 34 year-old Michael Jennings, was also at the residence at the time of the incident. As Dotson began driving away from the home, Jennings got his gun and fired a warning shot.
Dotson returned to the house. According to police, Dotson exited the truck and made an offensive move toward Jennings, at which time Jennings shot Dotson in the stomach.
Dotson was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he remains in critical condition.
Black and Jennings were unharmed during the incident.
According to Sheriff Nutt, Dotson’s motive is unclear and the investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Nutt says Dotson has a criminal history, and is facing multiple charges stemming from this incident which include: three counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Burglary of a Habitation; Felon in Possession of a Firearm; and Unlawful Restraint. Sheriff Nut also says the Unlawful Restraint charge could be upgraded to a Kidnapping charge.
No charges have been filed concerning the shooting. “It’s our opinion right now the shooting appears to be self defense,” said Sheriff Nutt. “But all of this investigation will be presented to the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, and probably go before the grand jury.”
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