Plea negotiation conference in Dr. Sonnier murder case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Plea negotiation conference in Dr. Sonnier murder case

A plea negotiation conference is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning for the suspects in the murder of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, the chief pathologist for Covenant Health System.

Amarillo plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Dixon is accused of hiring David Neal Shepard to kill Dr. Sonnier at his home in Lubbock, in July of 2012.

Attorneys for both sides will discuss possible plea deals, trial dates, evidence, and whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

Investigators say Dixon had Dr. Sonnier killed because he was dating Dixon's ex-girlfriend.

The conference will take place in the 140th District Court, at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

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