“He also fired shots at his grandmother and his aunt, who managed to flee the residence and call Cobb police,” Melvin said. The grandmother and aunt were not harmed in the shooting, AJC.com previously reported.
“Officers located a male suspect in the front yard and detained him without incident,” police spokeswoman Alicia Chilton said after the fatal shooting.
Several psychiatrists concluded that Dixon was not competent to stand trial after periodically evaluating him in the years since his arrest, according to prosecutors.
“But treatment at Georgia Regional Hospital within the last year successfully restored Dixon’s mental competency, according to Dr. Joseph Browning, who testified during the plea hearing,” Melvin said.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.