DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — According to authorities, it was nearly 38 years ago when Nathaniel Dennis allegedly walked into the Northview Amoco Station on Reeves Street and robbed the store. Earnest Douglas was shot during the robbery and died from the gunshots.
”This murder happened in 1981 and it was processed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science and the Dothan Police department,” Lt. Will Glover said.
At the scene of the crime, hair particles and a pair of pantyhose were collected; however, with the lack of technology, the evidence was sent back and the case remained a cold case until Dothan Police got a big break in 2011.
“In 2011, we did resubmit the same evidence again and got a hit off this, ”Lt. Will Glover said.
During that time, Dennis relocated to Virginia. In Virginia, he was in prison serving a 634- year prison sentence for attempted murder and robbery.
“That’s how we got the hit originally its when he was put into prison in Virginia they took a DNA swab from him and entered into the national database that’s when we received the hit,” Glover said.
Once the grand jury indicted Dennis in Virginia, the Houston County Sherrif’s office flew to Virginia and brought him back to stand trial in Houston County.