Two Columbia men will be sentenced Feb.
15 after pleading guilty to charges related to the slaying of a
Marion County resident who was missing for more than a year before
his body was found.
Robert Dixon pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter, and his
brother, Trinity "Trent" Dixon, pleaded guilty to charges of
accessory after the fact, said District Attorney Hal Kittrell.
David Earl Shoemake, 27, of Foxworth, was last seen at a party
in November 2003. His body was found in what authorities called a
"clandestine grave" off Mississippi 35 on Feb. 10, 2005.
Kittrell said Robert Dixon also pleaded guilty to a charge of
accessory after the fact in the murder of Janell Hatton, a Marion
County real estate agent killed in 2004.
Trent Dixon, 22 when arrested, pleaded guilty to possession of a
controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, Kittrell
said in a www.hattiesburgamerican.com article.
Kittrell said Robert Dixon faces a maximum 20-year sentence for
manslaughter and up to five years for the accessory in the Hatton
Trent Dixon faces a maximum of five years on accessory charge