- Associated Press - Sunday, December 27, 2015

BELTON, Texas (AP) - Bell County prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty when a 59-year-old former police officer goes on trial early next year for the slaying of a Central Texas police chief.

David Gene Risner is charged with capital murder for the June 2014 fatal shooting Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon. Kathy Hogue, office manager for District Attorney Henry Garza, tells the Temple Daily Telegram (https://bit.ly/1MC3Unn ) the trial is set for Feb. 1.

The 54-year-old Dixon was shot twice with a shotgun while investigating a report of a man with a gun.

Risner had peace officer and jailer licenses that were placed on hold in 2012 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, indicating some arrest or violation. Records show neither license was valid at the time.

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Information from: Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram, https://www.tdtnews.com

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