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Vigil planned for John Dixson

By Walter Geiger A candlelight vigil has been planned for murder victim John Dixson who was senselessly stabbed to death Thursday. *************** ©The Herald Gazette/barnesville.com: This information may not be reprinted, broadcast or distributed electronically in any form or fashion without express consent. For reprint permission, e-mail news@barnesville.com. *************** The candlelight vigil is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ritz Park to honor the memory of Dixson. After the vigil, mourners will march to the Depot Plaza downtown where Dixson’s cab stand was located for many years. His funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at either Greater Spring Hill Baptist Church in Milner or at the Fine Arts Center if the school board grants permission. Dixson, 76, was reported missing Thursday. His cab was found Friday morning at the residence of John E. Jackson on Forsyth-Yatesville Road. Later in the morning, Dixson’s body was found dumped in a ravine off the same road about a mile southwest of where his car was found. An autopsy at the GBI crime lab over the weekend indicated Dixson died of stab wounds to the neck, blood in his airway and pre-existing heart disease, according to Tom Davis, special agent in charge of the Milledgeville office of the GBI. Once the taxi was found, a lookout was issued for Jamarris Latuan (Man) Williams, 23, who had left the Jackson residence in a white, 1996 Chevy pickup truck registered to Chris Jackson. The truck was later located abandoned on Buice Road just off the Hwy. 36 bypass north of Barnesville. Following a tip from a citizen, Williams was taken into custody a short time later at his residence at #10 Fuller’s Trailer Park just down the road from where the truck was found. Roger Dixson, the son of the victim, expressed his frustration Monday at the lack of information provided to his family by police. He said he knew something was wrong when calls to his father’s cell went unanswered Thursday. ”I talked to him Thursday morning. Then my brother, Richard, spoke to him at about 10:45 Thursday morning. I was going to Atlanta to visit my daughter in the hospital and he told me to call and give him her hospital room number. Once I got to Atlanta, I kept calling and his phone went straight to voice mail. I sent my daughter to check his house and he was not there but the house was in order,” Roger Dixson said. Although city police remain tight-lipped about the murder, the working theory is Williams called Dixson for a ride to the Jackson residence and, at some point along the route, attacked him, dumped the body, left the taxi at the Jackson residence and drove the pickup truck back to town. Over the weekend, Williams was charged with felony murder with malice aforethought and denied bond at a first appearance hearing by associate magistrate court judge Karen R. Jackson. Williams is no stranger to law enforcement. He has previous arrests for cruelty to animals, theft by receiving stolen property and theft by receiving stolen or mislaid property. The first charge arose from his chaining a pit bull to a tree and abandoning it to starve to death. The last charge involved a Glock pistol that belonged to Danavan Bussey, a Gordon College student murdered here Dec. 5, 2010. Lakievius Eleby was convicted of that murder in Lamar superior court earlier this month. In her defense, Eleby’s attorney Pam Bettis frequently alleged that it was Williams who actually killed Bussey. Obituary information on Dixson remains incomplete. For updates on services and other developments in this story, monitor barnesville.com.

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