James Dixon charged and held without bail for the murder of Islan Nettles

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James Dixon, 24, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and assault for the vicious beating of Islan Nettles on Aug. 17, 2013. He was ordered held without bail pending his next court hearing on March 19.

Paris Wilson had originally been charged with misdemeanor assault in conjunction with Nettles murder.  But on the eve of the TDOR Wison walked free after another man confessed. The police said that they needed time to properly investigate the crime which frustrated everyone. The last update on the petition “Justice for Islan Nettles” sums up how we felt at the time:

“On October 4, 2013, Court was adjourned because the State claimed they didn’t have enough evidence to proceed. They claimed the alleged suspect, Paris Wilson, may be a matter of mistaken identity as there was a look-alike. Authorities suggest the outcome may be dismal if “more” information isn’t attained.”

“The inability to proceed is excuses for an insufficient investigation immediately after the attack. It is imperative that we UNITE & demand the perpetrator is brought to justice.”


Nettles’ mom, Delores Nettles, told the Daily News she was “ecstatic” when prosecutors called her with the news.

“I’m overwhelmed and my God is good,” she said, adding that the long wait for action was “bothersome, troublesome…but at least now I can get a little closure.”

She also thanked the LGBT community for rallying around her daughter’s case.

“I’m thankful so much for them because without them I wouldn’t have support. We fought for what we wanted, so I’m very glad for that,” she said.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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