Cause of death released of murdered 18-year-old girl in Tulare County


The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office released the cause of death of the 18-year-old girl found dead in a Tulare County orchard March 3.

Dynasty Alexander had visible signs of strangulation and trauma to the upper torso when her body was found, and upon completion of the autopsy, the official cause of death was determined to be a single gunshot wound to her upper torso.

Two days after her death, 52-year-old Dale William Watson of Porterville was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Alexander.

Investigators followed up on numerous leads and found evidence, including video surveillance of Watson offering the victim a ride.

He was under constant surveillance for 12 hours, the sheriff’s office says, and was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Porterville.

Watson was officially charged with first-degree murder Thursday by the Tulare County District Attorney.

This case is still an active investigation anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. Brandon VanCuren or Sgt. Gary Marks at 559-802-9563 or 800-808-0488.

Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app.

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