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See Live: Michael Dixon on Trial in Dismemberment Murder of James Whitaker

Michael Dixon, 41, stands trial in Hocking County, Ohio, for the alleged murder of James T. Whitaker, 56.

You can see from the player above.
The jury was chosen late Monday with opening statements expected Tuesday afternoon, 9 a.m. ET.
Authorities reported the suspect used a gun at the action, as stated by the Logan Daily News. He supposedly fractured the skull on the lifeless body,”cut or broke” the bones, burned the remains, cleaned up the crime scene, even somehow disposed of a flat-screen TV that was signs, made up a fake suicide note from the voice of their sufferer, and committed evidence tampering in connection with two guns. Dixon also faced a charge of sexual battery in relation to alleged abuse of his adult girl and co-defendant Melody Sue Dixon.
The girl, who was 18 at the time of Whitaker’s departure, is charged with participating in the cover-up.
Authorities said that the victim was reported missing by his own brothers last July. They stated they had not heard from him since the 3rd of that month. The analysis turned up Dixon as an individual of interest. He allegedly confessed to the murder and also cover-up through the police interview.

Hocking County prosecutor Ryan R. Black asked this season a special prosecutor with the nation’s attorney general’s office take the circumstance.
“I only believed, given the conditions of a continuing case of such sophistication, that justice would be served if the case was handled exclusively by the specialists at the attorney general’s office,” he wrote.
The case against Melody Sue Dixon is continuing.
[Mugshots through Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail]
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