Former CMRC patient sentenced in stabbing case

By FROM STAFF REPORTS,

Julian Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday, April 13 in the 2016 stabbing of a fellow resident at a mental health facility in Newton County, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Newton County Circuit Court Judge Chris Collins sentenced the 29-year-old to 20 years with 15 of those years to serve in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and five years suspended on post-release supervision. A jury found Dodson guilty on Wednesday, April 11 on one count of aggravated assault for stabbing a fellow resident Conredge Nichols more than 20 times in the back and neck with a knife on Nov. 9, 2016. Nichols survived the incident.

“This is a case where someone who is mentally ill unfortunately gained access to a weapon and caused harm to another person,” said General Hood. “My office has worked closely with MDOC, local law enforcement, and the facility to ensure both the victim and the defendant receive the proper care, including while the defendant serves time for this crime.”

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers with assistance from the Newton Police Department. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds.

CMRC Investigator Don Evans and Newton police officer Frankie McCullum testified during the trial on Wednesday. McCullum was the arresting officer on the case and testified that Dodson had said after the attack that he stabbed Nichols because he felt threatened and bullied by him, but Moulds maintained that there was no evidence of any attack by Nichols towards Dodson.

Myers testified that he became aware of the DHS investigation after the killing.