Twenty-one months after a member of the Gulf Coast chapter of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club named Samuel Henry Dixson (photo above) was found dead in a ditch near the Styx River in Alabama only one person remains charged with his murder.
Late last month a grand jury declined to charge Adam “Sandman” Mayton with homicide and charged him with hindering prosecution instead. Police learned of Dixson’s murder after Mayton and Fred “Shooter” Weiss walked into the Robertsdale, Alabama Police Department and told police they “might” have been involved in a murder. After being advised of their rights both men were provided with legal counsel, stopped talking and were released.
Weiss was indicted for murder last year.
When they volunteered to talk to the local cops Mayton had two black eyes and other injuries indicative of a beating and he was treated at a local hospital.
Eventually four more people were implicated in Dixson’s murder. Mary Hockett, Ruth Boyles, Charles Ozier and Bruce Talbot have also been charged with hindering prosecution.
Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon told Thyrie Bland of Alabama.com, “Basically what the grand jury has said is that based on the evidence presented that his (Mayton’s) role was more of in line… with the assisting of the hiding of the crime and the efforts to avoid detection and trying to prevent the homicide from being discovered and that sort of thing,”
“The fact that he (Mayton) was beaten badly before he turned himself in, of course, called into question… whether he was in fact a participant in the actual killing or whether there was a dynamic to this motorcycle gang that was influencing or pressuring or coercing him to say what he had said,” the District Attorney said.
Dixson’s body was discovered after Mayton and Weiss tried to turn themselves in, when the Rosinton, Alabama Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in a mobile home. The mobile home had served as the Devils Diciples clubhouse and was completely destroyed. Local Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack quickly announced that the fire had been deliberately set.
There have been conflicting reports that Dixson was a prospect with the Devils Diciples and that he had joined the club a year before he died. The club was apparently unaware that Dixson was a registered sex offender. He had been arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16 years of age in Orange, Florida in 2004 and registered as a sex offender in 2005. At the time of his death Dixson lived in Milton, Florida.
He disappeared five days before his body was found after he told his wife that he was going to the Devils Diciples clubhouse to attend a party.