A Rutherford County woman convicted of first degree premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder was told that her appeal has been denied. The denial was filed by the courts on Tuesday, April 22.
Mindy S. Dodd was sentenced to life in prison plus 25-years after she took part in the murder of Sherman Henry Dodd, her step father. Mindy Dodd was reportedly impregnated by Sherman Dodd, who was later her husband. Sherman Doddâ€™s nephew, James Smallwood, was the one who reportedly pulled the trigger to kill his uncle. Mindy Dodd supplied the nephew with the gun that killed the uncle. Smallwood said it was Doddâ€™s idea to kill her husband, according to past court documents.
One of the reasons Dodd asked for a new trial is because she claims that new evidence has arisen in her case. However, she waited too long to file the appeal on the grounds of new evidence. Dodd also suggested that she may have suffered from Battered Womenâ€™s Syndrome, but the courts suggested she was aware of that at the time of her previous trial.
Dodd will remain behind bars for the remainder of her life unless she is paroled in the future. Dodd is 46 and will be 86 when she is eligible for parole.
Smallwood is 37-years old and will be 78 when he is eligible for parole.