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Arrest made in Dixon killing

Posted: April 1, 2014 4:56 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A man Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators said they wanted to talk to about a March 22 shooting death on Black River Road is now charged with murder.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced Tuesday afternoon that Robert Wendell Simon, 22, of Sumter, surrendered himself at KCSO headquarters on the advice of his attorney. Matthews said Dixon was accompanied by his father. He said investigators served Dixon with a warrant for murder.

“He was kind of a prime suspect but we couldn’t pick him up without talking to him. The investigation went forward and we felt, and a judge felt, we had enough to charge him,” Matthews said. “We made an agreement with his lawyer that we wouldn’t question him if he turned himself in.”

A KCSO deputy responded to a report of a vehicle accident on Black River Road near Pathfinder Trail and found the car on fire around 5:35 a.m. March 22. The deputy discovered the driver, later identified as Antwan Dixon, 25, was still in the burning car. The deputy freed Dixon from the vehicle before it was completely engulfed in flames.

EMS flew Dixon to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia where doctors discovered a single bullet wound to the head. Dixon died around 7:30 p.m. that day, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.

KCSO investigators gathered evidence surrounding the shooting and obtained the arrest warrant for Simon. Matthews said Dixon and Simon had a disagreement prior to the shooting, but declined to elaborate, stating that the investigation is ongoing.

“There was an altercation earlier between the two of them. There was speculation it was a drug thing, but that turned out not to be the case,” he said. “There were several investigators chasing down leads. When somebody gets killed in Kershaw County we’re going to try to find out who did it.”

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