- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A Texas plastic surgeon accused of hiring a hit man to kill a pathologist who was dating his ex-girlfriend has been released on bond pending retrial.

Thomas Michael Dixon, who’s 51, was released Wednesday on an attorney bond of $2 million paid by Dan Hurley, who represented Dixon at the first trial last year. A judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Dixon, whose bond had been $10 million previously, is accused of hiring his business partner to kill Dr. Joseph Sonnier III in July 2012 for three bars of silver valued at $9,000.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reduced Dixon’s bond last week, overturning a trial judge and an appeals court.

Testimony in the retrial is set to begin Oct. 26.


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