UPDATE: The state is not seeking the death penalty in the Thomas Michael Dixon murder-for-hire retrial.
LUBBOCK, TX - The Thomas Michael Dixon murder-for-hire re-trial continues this week.
Dixon is accused of hiring David Shepard to kill Lubbock pathologist Joseph Sonnier.
Text messages between Dixon and Shepard were shown to the court.
These texts were recovered from Dixon's phone, and began several months before Sonnier's murder.
Dixon sent a text to Shepard after his interview with police the day Sonnier was murdered.
It read: "Just had a visit from Lubbock police. They will see our texts and conversations. Stay calm, lay low."
Dixon's brother also testified today, confirming that he gave Dixon a gun for protection when he leaves work at night.
This gun was later found in a lake in Amarillo, and confirmed as a murder weapon.