Update on Murder from Alabama Avenue

On April 29, 2021, Criminal Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and Forensic Services Unit began the investigation into the murder of Johnnie Settle in the 700 block of Alabama Avenue.  In the evening hours of May 4, 2021, the suspect in the murder was taken into custody.  Investigators were able to make contact with multiple witnesses who were able to identify the shooter.  The suspect was identified as a 14 year old juvenile.  The juvenile was charged with murder in juvenile court and placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center.  Due to the age of the suspect, no other information about the juvenile will be released.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the many members of the community who came forward to assist us in bringing this case to a close.  The relationship with the community is a valued relationship to the Dothan Police Department.

Dothan Man Charged with Capital Murder in Scott Road Murder Case

On April 28, 2021, Dothan Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Scott Road for a medical call for service.  When officers arrived on scene, they found a male victim in the residence suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim, Ricky Turner, was identified by family members and was pronounced dead on scene.

While officers and investigators were on scene, a subject arrived at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Post on Montgomery Highway with information about the crime.  After a lengthy interview and investigation on scene, investigators had enough probable cause to charge the individual that showed at the Trooper Post with the crime.  Dexter Elliott Marsh Jr. was charged with one count of Capital Murder.  The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000 or the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215.

Dexter Marsh Jr (27) of Dothan- Charged with Capital Murder and is being held without bond.

Dothan Man Arrested on Rape and Sodomy Charges

On April 12, 2021, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of a sexual assault that took place at Dothan High School, 3209 Reeves Street, in Dothan.  The offenses occurred between March 8, 2021 and March 12, 2021.  As a result of the investigation, investigators arrested and charged Donovan Franklin as an adult with Rape 1st degree and two counts of Sodomy 1st Degree.  Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further details will be released.  Additional arrests are possible.

Donovan Jamirr Franklin (17)- Rape 1st Degree and Two Counts of Sodomy 1st Degree.

19 Year Old Charged with Two Gas Station Robberies

On December 19, 2020 around 11:00 pm, an unknown suspect entered a gas station in the 3400 block of Denton Road armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot.  Investigators had been working leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible.

On January 27, 2021 at about 05:00 am, an unknown suspect, believed to be the same suspect as the prior robbery, entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot.  Investigators canvassed the area near where the robbery occurred and came to an address in the 2100 block of Oakdale Driver, which is a short distance from the store.

Investigators were speaking with a 19 year old man who came to the door.  Through some standard questions, the man, identified as Romaine McFarland, confessed to robbing the store on both occasions.  A search warrant was conducted on the residence and items were found that incriminated McFarland in both robberies.  Among the items found was cash determined to be from the robbery, cigars like the ones taken, vaping equipment like the ones taken, and clothes that were similar to clothes worn by the suspect in both robberies.

Romaine McFarland (19) of Dothan was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery 1st degree with bonds totaling $120,000.

Montgomery Man Arrested for Sunday Murder

On January 17, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators began a homicide investigation into the death of Willis Rambo Jr. in the 900 block of Morris Street.  Investigators have been reviewing video footage from the area, interviewing witnesses, and attempting to locate persons of interest.  One of those persons of interest was located in Montgomery, AL yesterday and arrested on unrelated warrants.  The suspect was transported to Dothan and interviewed by Investigators.

Christian De-Andre McCallister (19) has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Rambo Jr. and booked into the Dothan City Jail.  McCallister is being held without bond.  As the investigation continues, more arrests are possible.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation as well as assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in apprehending McCallister.  Anyone with any other information about this crime should contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.

Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Child Pornography

On June 25, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan.  The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action.  After more than five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1400 block of Eastwood Drive on December 7, 2020.

The suspect in this case, Jeremy Downes, was taken into custody.  Investigators seized electronic equipment in Downes’ home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis.  As a result of the forensic analysis of Downes’ electronic devices found in his home, Downes has been charged with additional criminal charges.  The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.

Jeremy Wayne Downes (44) of Dothan has been charged with 28 counts of Dissemination/Display of Child Pornography, 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 14 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography.  Johnson is being held on bonds totaling $1.47 million.

Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

On June 10, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan.  The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action.  After almost five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1500 block of E. Main Street on November 5, 2020.

The suspect in this case, Christopher Johnson, was taken into custody.  Investigators seized electronic equipment in Johnson’s home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis.  As a result of the forensic analysis of Johnson’s electronic devices found in his home, Johnson has been charged with additional criminal charges.  The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.

Christopher Dwayne Johnson (39) of Dothan has been charged with 50 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 10 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography.  Johnson is being held without bond.

Former Daycare Worker Arrested for Abusing Children

On October 28, 2020, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of allegations of child abuse by a former daycare worker at a local daycare.  The Special Investigations Unit began an investigation into the allegations.  The results of the  investigation revealed the employee, Candeline Hyde, became frustrated with children in her class when they would not follow her instructions.  As a result of her frustration, Hyde caused injuries to at least six children, some of which were special needs children, using what is commonly referred to as “pressure points” on the neck and shoulder area.

The daycare facility began to look into the allegations when several parents noticed unexplained bruising and injuries to the children.  Once the daycare facility were made aware of the allegations, they terminated Hyde from her position and notified authorities.  The alleged abuse occurred between August 2020 and October 2020.  More charges are possible.

Candelin Patrice Hyde (36) of Dothan was charged with six counts of Aggravated Child Abuse of a Child less than Six Years Old.  Hyde’s bonds total $360,000.

Mother Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

On October 23, 2020, a Dothan Police School Resource Officer was notified by a local school faculty member that a 5 year old was having a medical issue that was potentially caused by an individual.  The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment for a serious physical injury.  The Dothan Police Department Special Investigations Unit was notified of the case and began their investigation.

After multiple interviews and reviewing medical records for the juvenile, it is believed that on the morning of October 23 the suspect, Chiquita Hunter, was disciplining the juvenile and began to kick the juvenile in the upper torso.  By kicking the juvenile, Hunter caused serious injuries to the juvenile.  On October 27, 2020 after interviewing Hunter, she was arrested in connection with this case.

Chiquita Nicole Hunter (25) of Dothan was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse with a bond of $60,000.

Traffic Accident Arrest Made

On October 1, 2020, Dothan Police Department Traffic Investigators responded to a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Parramore Rd. The crash, which involved two vehicles, resulted in the death of Kayla Metcalf, severe injuries to three juveniles in her vehicle and severe injuries to the passenger in the other vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver of the at-fault vehicle, Ty’Kerria Ni’Chelle Duncan, was operating the vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.

Duncan has been charged with Murder, three counts of Assault 1st degree, one count of Assault 3rd degree and placed in Dale County Jail with no bond at this time.