Police: Woman hired kin to slay husband

A woman was arrested Friday on a charge of capital murder, accused of hiring her nephew to kill her husband in his sleep last year, according to Arkansas State Police.


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Carl Gene Dixon, 57, was shot in his home, 49 Cedar Lane in Bigelow, on April 7, 2013. His wife, Mary Ann Dixon, told police that an intruder went into the home, shot Dixon and left through the kitchen door. She said she did not know the intruder's race, gender, height or weight, according to police records.

By February, state police had arrested two 23-year-old Conway men and charged them with the slaying, according to statements from the Perry County sheriff's office. Danny Cannon, Mary Ann Dixon's nephew, and Thamous Miller, Cannon's friend, were booked into the Perry County jail.

State police arrested Mary Ann Dixon, 50, on a warrant Friday afternoon.

According to the arrest affidavit, investigators interviewed Miller and Nichole Coburn, Cannon's friend and Miller's girlfriend, before issuing the warrant.

Coburn told police about a conversation in which Cannon said Dixon wanted her husband killed. Coburn said that the day after the slaying, she saw Cannon with a "large sum of money," according to the affidavit. Cannon told her it was $5,000.

Coburn also told police that Cannon said two days after the slaying that he had killed Carl Dixon.

Miller told police that he and Cannon met Mary Ann Dixon on April 4, 2013, in the parking lot of Dixon Equipment Services, which Carl Dixon owned. Cannon took $5,000 from her, Miller said.

Cannon purportedly gave Miller $1,000 to drive the getaway car.

Miller said he dropped Cannon off at the Dixons' residence the night of April 7. On the way back to Conway, Cannon threw a rifle and his shoes out of the car and over a guardrail, Miller said.

According to the affidavit, Cannon and Mary Ann Dixon exchanged 13 phone calls the day of the killing, and she texted Cannon at 9:47 p.m.

Dixon, who now lives in Conway, is being held in the Perry County jail.

Metro on 11/04/2014