- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A Lubbock judge won’t reduce a $10 million bond for an Amarillo plastic surgeon whose capital murder prosecution ended in a mistrial.

Attorneys for Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon said in a motion filed last week that Dixon’s bond was excessive, but state District Judge Jim Bob Darnell rejected the request at a hearing Wednesday.

Last month, Darnell declared a mistrial after jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

The 50-year-old Dixon is accused of hiring business partner David Neal Shepard to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier III in July 2012 for three bars of silver valued at $9,000. Dixon has been jailed since his arrest shortly after Sonnier’s death.

Shepard agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2013.

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