Accused of killing his fiancÚ, her son in New Llano at Thanksgiving, 2015

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew Dotson, accused of killing his fiancé and her nine-year-old son.

Monday in Judge Vernon B. Clark’s 30th Judicial District courtroom was devoted to voir dire of potential jurors.

Discussion with the potential jurors was conducted by Asst. Vernon Parish Dist. Atty. Lee Hall and defense attorney Bob Noel of Monroe. Also at the prosecution table is Asst. DA Tony Bennett; at the defense table is Public Defender Tony Tillman.

About 125 of so of the initial petit juror pool of 200 were still eligible for selection when the initial dozen names were pulled from the hopper. 

They spent several hours being quizzed by both sides before three were excused and three more potential jurors called.

Dyer, looking much different than he did when he arrested and booked in December 2015, spent the day reading or otherwise staring at documents on the defense table.

Dotson is accused of killing Misty Marshal, 32, and Day Min Marshal. They were last seen or talked to by family members on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2015 and reported missing by family members, along with Marshal’s 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine Moses, who is on the prosecution’s potential witness list, and two-year-old child Ziinlee Dotson.

The mother’s body was subsequently discovered in a wooded area near New Llano on Dec. 4; the boy was found near his New Llano residence. Dotson was arrested shortly thereafter.

The state is not seeking the death penalty in the case.