Six suspects police believe are connected to the murder of a Devils Diciple named Samuel Henry Dixson (above) last September had a preliminary hearing yesterday in Bay Minette, Alabama. Dixson disappeared September 7 after telling his wife he was going to a party at the Devils Diciples clubhouse in Tuscaloosa.
The clubhouse burned down in the early morning hours of September 10. Dixson’s wife reported him missing later that day.
Two brothers in the chapter, Adam “Sandman” Mayton and Fred “Shooter” Weiss, tried to turn themselves in for homicide in Robertsdale, Alabama on September 11, then changed their minds after talking to a lawyer. Mayton and Weiss were arrested after Dixson’s body was discovered on September 12. The two have been incarcerated at the Baldwin County Corrections Center under $1 million bond ever since.
Four others, Ruth Boyles, Mary Hockett, Bruce Talbot and Charles Ozier were arrested for “hindering prosecution” in the case. Ozier made his $100,000 bail on November 7. Boyles, Hockett and Talbot are all still locked up.
Dixson was a registered sex offender. He was 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. A Baldwin County Sheriff’s detective named Eric Winberg testified yesterday that Dixson checked in with his Florida sexual compliance officer before going to the party. Winberg is the lead investigator in the case.
“While he was there,” Winberg told District Court Judge Jody Bishop, “he foreshadowed his own death in saying there were problems with the Devils Diciples club, and that he was going to rectify the problem so to speak. He stated something to the effect that he either was going to leave on top or leave six feet under.”
According to the detective, something stopped the party after Dixson arrived. Women, prospects and some members were told to go outside. A loud noise was heard from inside the clubhouse and Weiss came out to announce the party had been cancelled. Winberg believes Weiss shot Dixson in the face with a 9mm pistol. The handgun has never been found.
According to Winberg, Adam Mayton told him in an interview on September 13 that he saw Fred Weiss shoot Dixson while he was at the clubhouse bar.
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Winberg also told Judge Bishop, “We have heard several theories on why he was killed. One theory that we’ve heard is this was an organized hit that was sent down, and he was executed.”
Outside court Winberg told Pensacola television station WPMI “We are actively combating these motorcycle gangs. Baldwin County is not a place for these motorcycle gangs to be….The whole dynamic has made the investigation very difficult. It’s added a different level as well as geographically there’s Tuscaloosa but you are talking people from Michigan and people from all over the country.”
The six suspects have been charged but not yet indicted. Judge Bishop decided yesterday that the evidence against the accused should be heard by a local grand jury.