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Lester Street victim's sister spends painful day in court

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Jesse Dotson, seen smiling inside the courtroom. Jesse Dotson, seen smiling inside the courtroom.
Cheryl Craig, whose younger sister, Shindri Roberson, was among the Lester Street victims. Cheryl Craig, whose younger sister, Shindri Roberson, was among the Lester Street victims.
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Lester Street murder victim's sister is outraged suspect Jessie Dotson has been smiling in court, after prosecutors showed jurors pictures of the bloody crime scene.

Since day one, family members have filed through the metal detectors and into the courtroom spending the entire day watching the testimony unfold in the Lester Street murder trial.

"We were hurt when it first happened," said Cheryl Craig, whose younger sister, Shindri Roberson, was among the victims. "It's like we were living it all over again."

Green looked on Tuesday as jurors saw photos of her bullet-ridden sister, with her pants below her knees and a bag of crack cocaine resting on her private parts.

"It's kind of hard to look at it," she said. "It's just so much. But the photos were the worst because we never thought we'd have to see how they found them in the home."

For Green, it's been excruciating seeing images inside the home, from the knives with the handles broken off to the planks of wood used to beat the children to death.

And, family members do not like defendant Jessie Dotson's demeanor.

"I don't think he's taking it as serious as we are," Green said.

But through it all, she said, the family is praying.

"It's a very serious matter to us and the smiles, I mean, we've just got to pray past all of that," she said.

Green doesn't believe the Lester Street murders were a gang hit, as the defense claims.

"Why would you admit it and then change your story now? He said it in front of millions of viewers, even though they're not using footage from First 48 in court," she said.

Green also believes it is highly unlikely Dotson was hiding in the house with an unloaded gun during the slaying, as the defense claims.

"His own nephew said he did it," she said. "Why would the child lie?"

Sources inside the jail tell Action News 5 Dotson has told fellow inmates and jail employees that he is confident he will get off and be back home by October.

In court, Sergeant Anthony Mullins will be cross-examined by the defense Wednesday.  Jurors have yet to hear from the TBI, FBI, the surviving 9-year-old, the investigator who got the initial confession out of Jessie Dotson, and Dotson's mother.

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