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Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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West Memphis Man Sentenced to Prison
MARION, AR, June 8, 2015 – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announced Monday that a West Memphis man accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Shameka Walker, 32, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges.
Ellington said James Dixon, 55, of West Memphis, pleaded guilty in Crittenden County Circuit Court to the charge of first degree murder. The plea was accepted by Judge Ralph Wilson, who sentenced Dixon to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Ellington said, “I really appreciate the hard work of Deputy Prosecutor J. Matthew Coe, as well as West Memphis Police Department Detectives Dustin Laws, Stacy Allen, Kandis Rikard, Jennifer Sherrill and Ira Roundtree in putting this case together.”
History of the Case:
On November 4, 2014, West Memphis Police Department responded to a phone call from the maintenance supervisor at Riverbend Apartment Complex. Upon their arrival, they located the victim inside the apartment of Dixon.
The two had a lover’s quarrel, in which Dixon became angered and stabbed the victim.