Once a cold case, man jailed for killing Dothan woman at hotel

Booking photo from Houston County Jail.
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Dothan (WTVY)-- A man freed from death row in Texas is now in Dothan where he faces murder charges stemming from the death of a woman in 2003.

Dothan investigators believe 49-year old Douglas Tyrone Armstrong inflicted blunt force trauma to the head of 40-year old Debra Hopey Wilson. A cleaning crew discovered her body in a guest room at Beeline Inn, a downtown Dothan hotel.

For ten years investigators struggled with the case until DNA and video evidence linked Armstrong to Wilson's death and, in 2013, a Houston County Grand Jury indicted Armstrong.

By then, he had been convicted of murdering a 60-year old man in Texas and awaited execution. However, two attorneys successfully fought to have his sentence overturned. Afterwards, prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty again and Armstrong is serving life in prison.

Armstrong, a Mobile County native, was brought to Dothan over the weekend where he will likely remain until he is tried for Wilson's murder. If convicted, he could receive another life sentence.