In Lubbock, Texas, a cosmetic surgeon has been charged with Murder. Investigators believe that he hired a man to kill another doctor who was romantically involved with his ex-girlfriend.
Thomas M. Dixon, MD of Amarillo, along with the accused trigger man, David N. Shepard, have both been indicted on capital murder charges in the July death of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, who was found fatally shot in his home. Both Dixon and Shepard are being held at the Lubbock County Jail on $10,000,000 bail.
According to the prosecution, the murder was the result of a love triangle involving Doctor Dixon, Doctor Sonnier and Dixon’s former girlfriend, who was involved with Sonnier. Doctor Sonnier’s family members have given sworn statements to police that he had told them his girlfriend’s former boyfriend had been stalking her for some time. The woman’s name is not included in court documents.
At the time of his death, Doctor Sonnier was the chief pathologist for Covenant Health System in Lubbock. The 57-year-old was found dead on July 11th inside his house in Lubbock, a city about 120 miles south of Amarillo. He had been shot and stabbed.
Thomas Dixon is a well-known cosmetic specialist in Amarillo. He operates the High Plains Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery clinic. According to investigators, Dixon paid his hit man Shepherd in silver bullion worth about $9,000 to kill the doctor.
Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell said they have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty.
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