Sports / Other Sports / 

Football player death: deadline passes to seek death penalty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 2:49 p.m.

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors in the death of a high school football player who shielded two girls from gunfire have let a deadline pass to seek the death penalty.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports that Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen's office confirmed no notice was submitted ahead of the Dec. 9 filing deadline. Tennessee law requires formal notice by prosecutors when they seek "enhanced punishment" such as the death penalty or life without parole.

The case stems from the death of Fulton High School sophomore Zaevion Dobson.

Dobson's mother, Zenobia Dobson, declined to comment outside a hearing Friday for the defendants, 22-year-old Richard Gregory Williams III and 21-year-old Christopher Drone Bassett Jr.

Williams and Bassett were indicted in August on charges including first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast