Court documents reveal more about Scottsdale murder

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Joseph Harris By Catherine Holland Joseph Harris By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Court documents reveal more information about a Scottsdale murder.

Police arrested Joseph Harris, 38, Wednesday evening in connection with the death of Janet Dobson, 50. He faces a first-degree murder charge.

A man who said he was Dobson's boyfriend discovered her body on Oct. 5 and called police. According to court paperwork, police found her in a bathtub in the home.

Anthony Osuch told police that they lived together and that the house looked ransacked. He said stereo equipment and tools were missing.

Police said Osuch had just been released from jail after being arrested for violating an order of protection taken out against him by Dobson. Detectives interviewed Osuch and determined he was not the murder suspect.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Dobson died of blunt force trauma to the head. Court records show she had facial fractures and the cord from an electric stick mixer was wrapped around her neck.

Police reportedly found a wallet containing Harris' Arizona driver's license in the hall bathroom where the victim was found.

According to the court documents, a woman admitted driving Harris and an unidentified man to Dobson's home Saturday night. The two men reportedly loaded stereo equipment and tools into the woman's truck and then left.

Another man told police that Harris went to his home Tuesday afternoon. The man told detectives that Harris had made a deal with the victim to rob her home. Harris reportedly told the witness that he was going to sell the stereo equipment and tools and Dobson was to receive 30 percent of the proceeds.

The man said Harris returned to Dobson's home and she told him that she wanted more money, which led to an argument, according to court records. The man reported that Harris said Dobson threatened to call 911 and a scuffle ensued. Harris allegedly told the man that he killed Dobson then placed her body in the bathtub to wash away his DNA.

Dobson's blood was found on Harris' shoes and his DNA was discovered under her fingernails.

The stereo equipment and tools were located at the female driver's home and Osuch identified the items as his property.


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