Man accused of stabbing pregnant girlfriend at Johnson City bus stop indicted on attempted murder charges

Becky Campbell • Nov 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM

A Massachusetts man who reportedly followed his pregnant girlfriend when she moved to Johnson City to get away from him was indicted by a Washington County grand jury on an attempted murder charge for trying to kill her and their unborn child.

Sanders L. Dixon 22, of Springfield, Mass., was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder this week.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 as 18-year-old Toni Johnson was starting to board a Johnson City Transit bus at the corner of West Watauga Avenue and Baxter Street. The bus had stopped at the corner and Johnson was getting ready to board when Dixon came up behind her and stabbed her, according to police and court records.

Police said Johnson suffered non-life threatening injuries.

In an arrest warrant, police said Dixon and Johnson had been having problems and were in the process of breaking up. On the morning of Aug. 12, when Johnson left her residence to catch the bus to go to a doctor’s appointment, Dixon was outside her residence waiting on her.

In another case, Thomas Kenneth “T.K.” Owens, 128 Leach St., Jonesborough, was indicted on a charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. He’s accused of hiring a man to kill his uncle, Ernie Widby, but the hitman-for-hire turned out to be working with police.

Owens took Widby’s picture and provided his home address to the meeting in the parking lot of Bailey’s Sports Bar. Owens was arrested after the $500 downpayment was made.

According to court records, Owens said his uncle — who is also a part-time court officer for the Carter County Sheriff’s Office — was trying to kill him.

Owens also faces unrelated sexual battery charges in Carter County.

In another case, the grand jury returned an indictment against four men charged in an Aug. 22 assault on a Johnson City woman and her boyfriend.

Lance Howard Hugley, 22, 515 Pardee St., Janmichael Vincent “Gotti” Lingo, 21, 1400 Orleans Terrace, Apt. 420, Adrian Dashon “D” Bizzell, 405 Bettie St., and Najir “Tim” Hugley, 21, 515 Pardee St., were all indicted on a charge of especially aggravated burglary. The Hugleys and Lingo were also indicted for aggravated assault and Bizzell was indicted for sexual battery.

According to court documents, police responded to an aggravated assault at 600 St. Louis St. and found Randy Tucker, who had been beaten with a beer bottle, suffering from lacerations to his head. The female victim, who had also been assaulted, told police Bizzell and Tim Hugley sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.

The men also urinated on her, she said. After the assault on the woman, the men went into her apartment and attacked Tucker, according to court records. Those indicted this week will appear in Criminal Court for arraignment later this month.

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