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Trial date set in Dixson murder case

By Walter Geiger A trial date was set for alleged killer Jamarris L. Williams during a brief appearance before Judge Bill Fears in Lamar superior court Oct. 22. Williams allegedly summoned the cab of John Dixson, stabbed Dixson in the throat and left him to die in a southeast Lamar County ravine on March 16, 2012. He is charged with malice murder, three counts felony murder, armed robbery, two counts aggravated assault and hijacking a motor vehicle. Judge Fears set the trial for Feb. 2, 2015 in Monroe County. Jury members will be selected from the Monroe County jury list. Williams was granted a change of venue to Monroe last year. His trial had been set for Nov. 4, 2013 but was delayed due to upheaval in the public defender’s office. Jury selection will be conducted at the historic Monroe courthouse Feb. 2. Williams trial, expected to begin Feb. 3, will be conducted at the Monroe Justice Center adjacent to its detention center where there is a modern courtroom. During the Oct. 22 hearing here, assistant district attorney Scott Johnston announced that additional crime lab testing ordered earlier this year by Judge Fears was completed on Aug. 5. Motions in the case will be heard here on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. Additional motions will be handled here on Jan. 8. Williams is represented by public defender Douglas Smith.

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