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Thomas Dixon and David Shepard Indicted on Capital Murder Charges in Death of Dr. Joseph Sonnier III

Lubbock Police Department

The men jailed for the murder of a prominent Lubbock doctor have been indicted.

A Lubbock County Grand Jury today indicted 48-year-old Thomas Michael Dixon and 51-year-old David Neal Shepard on counts of capital murder in the murder of 57-year-old Joseph Sonnier III.

Sonnier was found dead on July 11th at his home in the 4600 block of 21st Street. He had been shot and stabbed.

Sonnier, the chief pathologist at Covenant Medical Center, was reportedly in a relationship with Dixon’s ex girlfriend, and had told coworkers that his “girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend would not leave her alone.”

Dixon, a plastic surgeon in Amarillo, is believed to have paid Shepard three silver bars worth approximately $3,000 to murder Sonnier.

Lubbock Police say that Shepard had told his roommate that he had shot Sonnier several times after entering his home through a window. Shepard had attempted to commit suicide around July 13th by cutting his wrists, and was treated by Dixon, according to the roommate’s account.

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