The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office now knows more about the death of a Tulare teenager, and authorities have officially charged the Porterville man suspected of her murder.

The TCSO Coroners Division conducted an autopsy on Dynasty Alexander, who had visible signs of strangulation and trauma to the upper torso when her body was found near a Tulare orchard last Sunday. Upon completion of the autopsy, the official cause of death was determined to be a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.

On Tuesday, 52-year-old Dale William Watson of Porterville was arrested for Alexander’s murder. Investigators followed up on numerous leads and found evidence, including video surveillance of Watson offering the victim a ride. He was under constant surveillance for 12 hours before being taken into custody during a traffic stop in Porterville.

A press release issued Thursday from the office of District Attorney Tim Ward announced Watson has been charged with first-degree murder with the special allegation of intentional discharge of a firearm causing death, as well as committing the offense while on felony probation (vandalism).

Watson is scheduled to be arraigned at the county pre-trial facility this afternoon where bail and a future court date will be set. Watson faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.

This case is still an active investigation anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. Brandon VanCuren or Sergeant Gary Marks at (559) 802-9563 or (800) 808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones. Refer to case 19-02639

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