Man gets life sentence for killing teen

Dale Watson sentenced 43 years to life for killing Dynasty Alexander in 2019

PORTERVILLE – A Tulare County judge handed down a decisive sentence to a teen murderer last week, putting Dale Watson in prison for 43 years to life.

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release last week that Watson, 55, is in prison for murdering 18-year-old Dynasty Alexander in 2019. According to the DA’s office, on the morning of March 3, 2019, Watson picked up the victim outside a Tulare apartment complex “to go to the store.” Security footage from the apartment complex recorded Watson’s truck as it departed with the victim.

At 5:23 p.m. that same day, law enforcement officers were called out to the discovery of the victim’s body on a dirt driveway at the 19700 block of Hosfield Drive south of Elk Bayou Park. She had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Deputies used the recorded footage from the apartment complex to identify Watson. Witness accounts saw Watson’s truck in the area in which the victim’s body was found. Deputies arrested Watson two days after the crime.

On April 22, 2021, a jury convicted Watson of second-degree murder with the special allegation of intentional discharge of a firearm causing death, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. Watson possessed a prior felony conviction for vandalism in 2018. The case was prosecuted by supervising deputy district attorney Cindy Underwood and was investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

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