Texas Jury Deliberates In Surgeon’s Capital Murder Retrial

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LUBBOCK (AP) — A West Texas jury has begun deciding the fate of a plastic surgeon accused of arranging the 2012 slaying of a pathologist dating his ex-girlfriend.

Deliberations began Wednesday afternoon in the Lubbock capital murder retrial of Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon of Amarillo. Dixon’s first capital murder trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

Dixon last week took the stand to deny involvement in the fatal shooting and stabbing of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III at the victim’s home in Lubbock.

Dixon’s business partner, David Neal Shepard, accepted a plea deal in 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the killing.

Prosecutor Sunshine Stanek, during closing arguments Wednesday, said Shepard was the “perfect pawn” for Dixon.

Defense attorney Dan Hurley said there’s no evidence that Dixon wanted Sonnier dead.

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