It was June 12 of last year when a shooting report brought Memphis Police Officers to 1269 Quinn Avenue, just south of Jesse Turner Park in south Memphis, to find gunshot victim Jamesha Covson. She had been shot several times and was rushed to the hospital but later died of her injuries. Ms. Covson also lost an unborn child.
That same day, someone who knew something decided to do the right thing and contact CrimeStoppers with critical information.
The tipster claimed that a boyfriend named Joshua Dotson was the shooter.
The caller said the suspect had shot into the house earlier that morning, then returned later, forced his way into the house and shot the woman several times.
With that identifying information, homicide detectives got busy.
Six days later Dotson was located and arrested in Nashville for the murder.
He also was charged with a separate murder police determined he committed a month earlier, May 24, 2020.
Dotson was returned to Memphis and charged with multiple counts of first degree murder, criminal attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony.
He was held without bond. Police records show Dotson has a long history of previous crimes including murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and attempt to take contraband into a penal facility.
The CrimeStoppers award paid to this citizen who stepped forward to protect the community: $1,500.