Judge issued gag order for Sonnier capital murder trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Judge issued gag order for Sonnier capital murder trial

Pictured: Dr. Joseph Sonnier Pictured: Dr. Joseph Sonnier
Pictured: Thomas Dixon (Source: Lubbock County Jail) Pictured: Thomas Dixon (Source: Lubbock County Jail)

A Lubbock State District Judge issued a gag order on Thursday for the trial of an Amarillo physician charged with ordering a hit on a Lubbock doctor two years ago.

Dr. Joseph Sonnier was Covenant's chief pathologist when he was fatally stabbed and shot inside his central Lubbock home in July of 2012.

Authorities believe Amarillo plastic surgeon Thomas Dixon and David Shepard are to blame.

An arrest warrant reported that Dixon paid Shepard three silver bars, worth about $3,000 each, to kill Sonnier.

Shepard pleaded guilty to capital murder in August of last year and was sentenced to life in prison.

Dixon is also charged with capital murder. He will go to trial sometime this fall.

The judge said he issued the gag order because of the national coverage the case has received.

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