Two Plead Guilty in Shoemake Slaying

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 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

and six years for the firearms charge, Kittrell said.