Dixon capital murder conviction finalized, denied request to new - FOX34 Lubbock

Dixon capital murder conviction finalized, denied request to new trial

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Court of Criminal Appeals has reaffirmed the capital murder conviction for a man who paid another to kill a romantic rival.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has finalized Thomas Michael Dixon's conviction by denying him another trial, according to the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office.

Dixon was arrested in 2012 for paying a man in silver bars to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier. After a mistrial in 2014, a jury convicted Dixon the next year and Dixon began serving a life sentence without parole.

In an appeal in late 2018, the Seventh Court of Appeals found the Lubbock court wasn't public enough, but the Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned that.

With the court's denial for another hearing filed Wednesday, Dixon's conviction has been confirmed, the DA's office indicates. It's asked the Seventh Court of Criminal Appeals to revoke Dixon's bond and put him back in prison.

Dixon has asked the Texas Supreme Court to look over his case as part of his appeal process, but it hasn't come to a decision.

Dixon's attorneys are asking the Seventh Court of Appeals to let him stay out on bond, pending that process.

 

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