JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Bobby Ray Dixon, the 53-year-old Forrest County man who died of cancer last week following his release from prison after serving 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Services were held at New Zion Ministries.
Two months ago, Dixon's name was cleared after DNA evidence proved he was not part of the 1979 rape and murder of Eva Gail Patterson. Last September, a judge set aside the guilty pleas of Dixon and another man in that case.
A ruling is expected on a posthumous petition clearing a 3rd man in connection with that case who died in prison 8 years ago.