Dotson starvation case hearing set for March

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By Cindy Simpson

A new hearing date of March 3, 2014, has been set for the couple accused of starving their son.

Matthew and Amanda Dotson are charged with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Clifford.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton reported the tot weighed only 12 pounds when he died in May 2012. Investigators said a preliminary autopsy indicated the child died of severe malnutrition.

Matthew Dotson was appointed a new attorney, Kent Booher, in July, after former attorney, Joseph Lodato asked to withdraw from the case.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Reedy said the case was continued to “give Kent time to file his motions.”

Matthew Dotson is out on bond while the case is pending. His wife, Amanda, is still in custody at the Roane County Jail.