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U.S. Marshals Task Force Looking for First Degree Murder Suspect

For immediate release

Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN
(901) 573-8177
Joshua Dotson was Apprehended on June 18, 2020

Memphis, TN – The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force needs the help of the public in locating a fugitive from justice.

Joshua Dotson is wanted for the following arrest warrants out of Shelby County: three counts of First Degree Murder, two counts of Possession of a Firearm during a Dangerous Felony, and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The details of the underlying crimes are as follows:

On May 24 Reginald Anderson was shot to death in the parking lot of 1300 Bellevue. Renita Bennett was shot multiple times but survived.

On June 12 Jamesha Covson was shot to death at a residence at the 1200 block of Quinn. Covson was the girlfriend of Joshua Dotson. She was several months pregnant at the time of her murder.

Please note the suspect's prominent facial tattoos.

This fugitive has been made a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Top Ten fugitive.

Joshua Dotson is considered armed and dangerous. The public is advised to avoid contact with him and to call (731) 571-0280 or (901) 601-1575 with any information on this fugitive. The following rewards are being offered for information leading to his arrest: Crime stoppers up to $500-$1,000, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation up to $2,500and the U.S. Marshals Service up to $10,000.

"The U.S. Marshals Service is making it a top priority to bring Joshua Dotson to justice for this shocking and horrible crime" said U.S. Marshal Jeff Holt.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Madison County Sheriff's Deputies, Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, ATF, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

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