Man Sentenced To Die For 1984 Death Of NC woman

A man convicted in the death of a North Carolina woman 25 years ago has been sentenced to die.

A jury in Charlotte deliberated less than three hours before returning the death sentence Monday for Michael Wayne Sherrill. The same jury last week found Sherrill guilty of killing 23-year-old Cynthia Dotson, who was raped and stabbed 13 times before her mobile home was set on fire in 1984.

The Associated Press reported that authorities obtained a match on DNA in 2004 from material extracted from under Dotson's fingernails that had been preserved.

Sherill's lawyers said he had straightened out his life after a difficult childhood and drug addiction that may have played into the killing. They say he had become a truck driver and took care of his parents before they died.

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