Woman's daughter and granddaughter are indicted in her death

kward1@herald-leader.comMay 11, 2010 

A Williamsburg woman who died this year was murdered by her daughter and granddaughter, prosecutors say.

Patricia Lawson and Michelle Loy were indicted by a Whitley County grand jury Monday on wanton murder charges in connection with the death of Georgia Dotson.

Dotson, who was 76 when she died Jan. 21, was Loy's grandmother and Lawson's mother.

She lived with Loy, but Lawson was her legal guardian and lived nearby, said Allen Trimble, the Whitley County commonwealth's attorney.

Trimble said that when the coroner first arrived at the home where Dotson lived, "it appeared to be just a death," but during his examination of the body, the coroner "discovered bruises on Ms. Dotson that had been covered by makeup, which raised the suspicion of the coroner."

An autopsy found that Dotson died of blunt force trauma to the torso, Trimble said.

Loy, 37, was arrested May 5 on charges of terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process, according to the Whitley County Detention Center's Web site. She remained in custody Tuesday night.

Trimble said Loy also faces drug trafficking charges. On the day Dotson died, he said, Loy sold "a pill of the type her grandmother was prescribed" to a witness in the case.

Police are also now investigating the death of Michelle Loy's husband, Gary Loy, 49, who died at the couple's home May 5.

Loy "died of what appeared to be an overdose," Trimble said. He said investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy before drawing any conclusions regarding the circumstances of his death.

Trimble said Gary Loy was not under investigation for Dotson's death.

He was buried Monday.

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