Danville capital murder trial will be delayed

Pierre Dixon originally scheduled to go to trial in December


DANVILLE, Va. – A capital murder case in Danville will now take longer to get underway.

Pierre Dixon was originally scheduled to go to trial in December, but this week his attorney requested that a neuropsychologist be allowed to testify in the case.

The Commonwealth Attorney's Office objected, but a judge granted the request.

Because this comes so close to the original trial date, the trial will have to be pushed back in order to give both sides enough time to prepare.

Dixon is facing five charges related to the 2013 shooting death of Antwan Rucker.

The Commonwealth intends to seek the death penalty.

A woman, Shakira Murphy, is also facing multiple charges related to the death.

She is set to be in court in January to have a trial date set.


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