Limited information known about Cottonwood homicide


COTTONWOOD, Ala. (WDHN) — The Houston County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the shooting of a wheelchair-bound man in Cottonwood. 

With today being Confederate Memorial Day, the department was not open to give an update on this case. However, they did give us a brief rundown of what happened at the scene Friday. 

A Cottonwood man was found dead in his home Good Friday morning after being shot. The Houston County Sheriff’s office identified the suspect in the death of Stephen Dozier as 59-year-old William Darrell Monk. Sheriff Donald Valenza told News 18 Friday that the call came in as an assault.

“We had a call in reference to another type call, like a possible assault, in which turned out really nothing,” Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said. “And, then I think a neighbor went by to check on the individual and found him.”

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found a wheelchair-bound man shot to death inside of his mobile home on County Road 81 outside of Cottonwood. Valenza said it appeared the man was shot twice.

“It’s definitely going to be treated as a homicide,” Valenza said. “The subject was shot twice, and like I said, investigators are working it. We’re running down some leads.”

Investigators spent Friday morning canvassing the area and searching for clues to lead them to the shooter. Houston County criminal investigators spent the day processing the crime scene and putting information together in the investigation into the death of Dozier. 

It is believed that between the hours of 9:30 and 11 p.m. Thursday, William Monk allegedly shot and killed Dozier.

“It’s a senseless act, and they need to be dealt with accordingly,” Valenza said.

Monk is being charged with capital murder and first-degree burglary. Monk is currently in the Houston County Jail with no bond.

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