Nurse shot dead in Alabama

by Christine Field

Her relationship to the suspect is still unknown

Alabama police are investigating the death of a young nurse who was found shot to death in a Cleveland, Alabama, home.

Bethany Evans, a 23-year-old nurse from Mt. Olive, was found murdered Saturday afternoon. According to, Her body was discovered just after 12 p.m. Saturday at Patrick Dorsett’s home, located off Tuscaloosa Pike in Cleveland. She had been shot multiple times.

Dorsett, age 26, has been charged in the murder, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela L. Casey and Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington.

The young woman is the daughter of a Samford University police officer. Evans worked as a nurse at a Birmingham area hospital. Dorsett previously served in the U.S. Air Force. There is little known about the nature of their relationships as police are investigating the apparent homicide.

At this time, the case is characterized as a capital murder. Dorsett is being held without bail in the Blount County Correctional Center.

Alabama is one of 31 states to permit the death penalty for capital murder. , though in Alabama, the sentencing judge is not bound by a jury decision not to impose the death penalty —  a judge can order a so-called “judicial override” and impose a death sentence, overriding the jury’s decision. 

Christine Field is an author, attorney, speaker, and listener. She has four grown kids, mostly adopted, mostly homeschooled. In her books, articles and speaking, she provides MomSolved© resources and reassurances for common and uncommon family life challenges, and helps growing Moms rediscover their mojo for wholehearted living after parenting