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8/17/2012 6:02:00 AM
Jailed murder suspect bites Kingman detention officer, MCSO says
Michael Dobson
Michael Dobson

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A murder suspect jailed in isolation at the Mohave County Jail bit a detention officer earlier this week after breaking a sprinkler in his cell, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office said.

Jail staff responded to the cell of Michael Edwin Dobson Jr. around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after Dobson reportedly broke off a sprinkler head in his cell. Sheriff spokeswomen Trish Carter said detention officers removed Dobson from his cell while repairs were made. When he was being returned to his cell, Carter said Dobson became combative and bit one of the officers on his forearm.

It's not clear why Dobson was upset. He refused to speak with officers following the incident. Dobson is being held for the September 2011 murder of 76-year-old Ruby Nell Caldwell. Caldwell was found stabbed to death at her home on Bluebird Lane. She was discovered by a family member who became concerned after he hadn't heard from her.

Dobson was arrested the following morning while driving Caldwell's car on Route 66 near the Kingman Airport. He put up a brief struggle before being taken into custody, the Sheriff's Office said.

Caldwell was a friend of Dobson's mother. She and Dobson met while the two worked at a local fast food restaurant.

Dobson previously served 13 years of a 25-year sentence for the rape and attempted manslaughter of a California woman in 1984. The woman in that case said she was driving down the highway whenDobson drove up next to her and indicated that something was wrong with her car. After both drivers stopped, Dobson dragged the woman into the bushes and assaulted her before trying to strangle her with a belt that broke.

Dobson told the court, "I just lost my temper because I have never liked women to hit me. When people hit me, I always hit them back."

He went back to prison in 2002 for burglary and drug offenses and was released in 2009.

Dobson's trial in the Caldwell murder is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18, although it is likely to be delayed.

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• Dobson found guilty of 2011 murder
• 2011 murder case still awaiting trial
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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Holding My Tongue

Rather than writing in, I've been gnashing my teeth trying NOT to say anything about this man. I'm trying so very hard to let God make the judgment on him for what he "allegedly" did to Ruby (not to mention the anguish his mother is going through)..

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Article comment by: I Most Certainly DO care.

I, for one, DO CARE about the officers in this town who do their best to protect us from unsavory characters like this guy. They have a thankless job, despite being the first to come protect lawful citizens, such as myself and my family. It's too bad they couldn't have removed this guys teeth with their clubs when he attacked the officer. Thank You KPD and MCSO- you guys are GREAT in my view! God bless you all and thank you for your service. Lots of us out here appreciate you.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Golden Valley Man

i find it very funny that no one cares about our officers to even leave a comment on this article but fight over the fact that 2 fast food joints are moving into town and where its located

on another not i worked with this mans mother for a few years and im sorry that she has to continue to deal with her sons actions but also the death of her friend




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