Memorial service Saturday for Bobby Ray Dixon

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday for Bobby Ray Dixon at the Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Dixon is the 53-year-old Forrest County man who died of cancer last November just two months after he was released from prison after serving 30 years for a crime he did not commit.

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.

Piney Grove Baptist Church is located at 153 Sheeplo Loop in the Sheeplo Community south of Petal.

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