Starved child hearing put off

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By Damon Lawrence

A motion hearing for Matthew Dotson has been rescheduled for next month.
Dotson and his wife, Amanda, are charged with first-degree murder. They allegedly starved their 2-year-old son, Clifford, to death.
Matthew Dotson’s attorney, Joseph Lodato of Knoxville, filed a motion to withdraw from the case because of his client’s “failure to fulfill contractual obligations,” the motion said.
Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Lodato appeared in court on Monday, but Matthew Dotson was a no-show.
Due to the seriousness of the case, Reedy said he didn’t want to go forward with the withdrawal motion with Matthew Dotson not in attendance.
“The judge indicated that he is going to allow his attorney to withdraw, but when the client isn’t present to know that, particularly in a first-degree murder case, we have a concern,” Reedy said.  
Matthew Dotson is currently out on bond. Reedy said it could be revoked if he doesn’t show up for next month’s hearing. 
“He’s got an opportunity to show up, so he gets clear direction from the court about what he needs to do about his attorney representation,” Reedy said. “Whether or not he’s going to continue to try to hire somebody or whether he’s going to ask the court to appoint somebody, but it’s got to be resolved that day so the case can move forward.”