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Floyd County jury finds Jason Dickerson guilty of murder and criminal abuse

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 6/23/14:

Jurors reached a verdict this afternoon in the trial of Jason Dickerson.

Prosecutors say Dickerson and his wife Gladys are responsible for the 2011 death of their two-year-old nephew Watson Adkins.

Family members fought back tears Monday as Judge Johnny Harris read the jury's verdict, finding Jason Dickerson guilty of murder and four counts of criminal abuse.

The defense expressed disappointment at the jury's decision.

"This was probably one of the most best prosecuted cases I've seen in 33 years, and I've had lots of jury trials, and this was probably the best prosecuted case I've seen," said defense attorney Ned Pillersdorf.

Prosecutors maintained throughout the case Dickerson's nephew Watson Adkins died from internal injuries caused by repeated beatings.

"It's the worst case I've ever been involved in, and I think that the jury could see that," said Brent Turner, Commonwealth's Attorney for Floyd County. "There was a lot of emotion with everyone involved in the case all the way around, from the witnesses to the attorneys."

Turner says the victim's mother Rhoda Lewis, who had lost custody of Watson and his four siblings, faced several road blocks getting anyone to believe abuse was actually occurring.

"It's just sad that it took one of my kids dying for somebody to listen to me and get it in court and get people to pay for what's happened to my kids," she said.

While the jury's decision will not bring Watson back, Lewis says Dickerson will never again be able to hurt her surviving children.

The jury recommended a life sentence for the murder of Watson Adkins, as well as a total of 40 years for four counts of criminal abuse.

Jason Dickerson will be formally sentenced July 31st.

Gladys Dickerson will go on trial at a later date.

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Update:

A jury recommended a life sentence for the murder charge, plus 10 years for each of the criminal abuse convictions.
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A man has been found guilty of killing his nephew, and abusing the little boy's siblings.

Officials tell us 33 year old Jason Dickerson was found guilty on all counts on Monday afternoon.

Dickerson was charged with murder and four counts of criminal abuse.

The murder charges stems back to the 2011 death of two-year-old Watson Adkins.

The sentencing phase is currently underway. No word how long that will take.

Jason's wife Gladys is also charged in the case. Her trial is scheduled for a later date.


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