Dixon no stranger to attempted murder charge

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This is the second attempted murder charge for the Brewton man accused of beating, kidnapping and sexually torturing his wife nearly to death in late March.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said 54-year-old Roger Anthony Dixon is being held on a $500,000 bond for the March 20 incident.

“We were notified by Andalusia Regional Hospital, where the victim’s family had taken her for treatment,” Lambert said. “The victim reported that (Dixon) had tied her up at a residence on Marrietta Road for several days, and allegedly physically beat her, assaulted her and sexually abused her.

“The victim said she was able to get her freedom after Dixon left the residence and she was able to contact her family,” Lambert said.

Brewton Standard archives show that Dixon was convicted in 2007 of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. Court records show that Dixon was given a 20-year split prison sentence for the attempted murder charge and a 10-year spilt sentence for shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Those same court records show that, in 2010, Dixon appealed his conviction based on the fact that a juror failed to truthfully answer a question during the jury selection process “when asked if any criminal charges were pending against her.” The state Supreme Court agreed and granted Dixon’s request for a new trial. The case was remanded to Escambia County Circuit Court.

Additional court records show that Dixon did not go to trial. Instead, in 2011, he pleaded guilty to shooting into an occupied vehicle and was sentenced to five years in prison and given credit for time served. He was also ordered to two years of probation. It is unknown when Dixon was released from the department of corrections.