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Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon released from jail on bond

Dr. Joseph Sonnier Dr. Joseph Sonnier
David Neal Shepard David Neal Shepard

Amarillo, TX -  A local doctor, Thomas Michael Dixon, jailed for nearly 3 years since his arrest in July of 2012 on suspicion of capital murder, bonded out Wednesday.

After originally being jailed on a $10 million bond, a recent $8 million reduction of that bond allowed Dixon to walk out of jail. Some bondsman said it would be crazy to take on a $2 million dollar bond client, but today, it was done.

Court records show Dixon paid $200,000 in cash as a partial security on the $2 million attorney bond. 

The Lubbock County Jail said now that Dixon has bonded out, anything tied to his name is confidential, such as what company took him as a bond client, and the conditions of his release.

Dixon left the jail with trash bags in hand, presumably full of personal belongings and documents. He walked with his father to the car, anxious to resume a life more normal than that of one in jail.

The plastic surgeon is accused of hiring hitman, David Shepard, to kill Lubbock pathologist, Joseph Sonnier.

The state alleges Dixon's ex-girlfriend was dating Sonnier, and Dixon became jealous. It's also alleged Dixon paid Shepard in silver bars to commit the murder.

Shepard confessed to the crime, and is serving a life sentence without parole.

Dixon's capital murder trial ended nearly a year ago when a jury deadlocked on a verdict, resulting in a mistrial. A second trial is set to begin jury selection Oct. 12 with testimony beginning Oct. 21.

NewsChannel 10 is working on finding out more about the conditions of Dixon's release, such as who he must report to or if there are any boundaries he must stay within while out of jail.

Click here for NewsChannel 10's coverage of the Thomas Michael Dixon murder trial.

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