Homicide Suspect Dr. Mike Dixon Has 10pm Curfew, $2M Bond
ABC 20/20 continues to cowl the authorized trials relating to the homicide of 57-year-old pathologist Dr. Joseph Sonnier, who was stabbed and shot to loss of life on July 10, 2012 in his Lubbock, Texas residence. A person named David Shepard initially instructed police that his buddy, former plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Michael “Mike” Dixon, employed him to kill Sonnier, who was then courting Dixon’s ex-girlfriend Richelle Shetina. Dixon admitted to paying Shepard to spy on and take images of Sonnier however to not kill him. He says he simply wished to search out filth on Sonnier (probably courting different girls) to indicate Shetina. In 2014, Shepard (who was sentenced to life in jail) shocked everybody at Dixon’s trial when he testified that he acted alone. When the jury was unable to succeed in a verdict, the choose declared a mistrial.
At Dixon’s second trial in 2015, Shepard didn’t testify however his daughter Haley Shepard did. In court docket, she mentioned she believed her father lied on the stand within the first trial to guard his buddy Dixon. Dixon was discovered responsible on two capital homicide counts and was sentenced to life in jail with out parole. Dixon’s legal professionals appealed and in December 2018, his conviction was reversed and he was given a brand new trial.
In January 2019, Dixon was launched on a $2 million bond. Two of Dixon’s bond situations require him to stay in Potter/Randall, Texas counties, and to be restricted by a curfew that requires him to be in his residence from 10 pm to six am. In February, prosecutors filed a petition to have Dixon’s conviction reinstated. Dixon will both be despatched again to jail or, if the prosecutors don’t prevail, Dixon may face a 3rd trial for a similar first-degree homicide expenses he confronted in 2014. 20/20, which airs Fridays at 9 pm on ABC, has unique interviews with two jurors “who refused to convict” Dixon in 2014. [Associated: Richelle Shetina Offers Relationship Recommendation After Homicide-For-Rent]