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Lawrence Co. man found guilty of wife's murder in 2nd trial

Jimmy Dotson (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office) Jimmy Dotson (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

A man charged with murdering his wife in Lawrence County was found guilty on Friday.

Jimmy Ray Dotson Sr. is accused of killing his wife, Carolyn Dotson, in October 2010.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

The defense for Dotson called several witnesses during this trial, including Dotson.

This was Dotson's second trial for his wife's death. In August, Judge Mark Craig declared a mistrial because that jury could not come to a unanimous verdict in a case in which investigators first ruled that Carolyn Dotson committed suicide.

READ MORE: Mistrial declared in Lawrence County murder trial

She died at 48 years old from gunshot wounds at the couple's home on County Road 327 in Trinity in October 2010. Investigators with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office charged her husband with murder in December 2011.

Authorities said they reopened the case partly because of forensic evidence.

There was never an autopsy.

Dr. Valerie Green, a medical examiner with the Alabama Department of Forensics' Huntsville office, testified in the trial in August and did so again in this trial. She told the court that photos from the scene indicated to her that it would be extremely difficult for Carolyn Dotson to self-inflict two gunshots into her chest below her breast. She said Carolyn Dotson would have had to hold the gun backwards, shoot, re-cock then do it again with the gun not in contact with her body either time.

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