Clarence Dixon Cause Of Death, Obituary, Execution Row, Wiki, Bio, Wife, Murder & More

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Who was Clarence Dixon?

Clarence Wayne Dixon (August 26, 1955 – May 11, 2022) was an American convicted murderer. He was convicted of the January 7, 1978, murder of 21-year-old Deana Lynne Bowdoin in Tempe, Arizona. 

Clarence Dixon Biography, Wiki, Early Life

Clarence Dixon was born on August 26, 1955, in Fort Defiance, Arizona. In 1974, he graduated from Chinle High School. In 1977, he went to Arizona State University to study engineering.

The same year, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon when he attacked a 15-year-old girl, whom Dixon would later claim reminded him of his ex-wife. Dixon hit the girl over the head with a metal pipe. A psychiatrist who examined Dixon concluded that he was not competent to stand trial.

BornClarence Wayne Dixon
August 26, 1955
Fort Defiance, Arizona, U.S.
DiedMay 11, 2022 (aged 66)
Florence State Prison, Florence, Arizona, U.S.
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
Criminal statusExecuted
Conviction(s)First degree murder
Kidnapping
Sexual assault (4 counts)
Sexual abuse
Aggravated assault (2 counts)
First degree burglary
Criminal penaltyLife imprisonment (January 8, 1986)
Death (January 24, 2008)
VictimsDeana Lynne Bowdoin
DateJanuary 7, 1978
CountryUnited States
State(s)Arizona
Imprisoned atFlorence State Prison

Clarence Dixon’s Execution, Obituary

In January 2022, Brnovich asked the Arizona Supreme Court to set briefing schedules for the executions of Atwood and Dixon once again. Brnovich announced that additional testing had been conducted on the lethal injection drugs, and they would have a beyond-use date of at least ninety days. On April 5, 2022, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an execution warrant for Dixon, scheduling him for execution on May 11, 2022. 

Dixon was given the choice to be executed by lethal injection or lethal gas. On April 20, after declining to pick a method, the state announced that Dixon would be executed by lethal injection, the default method for an inmate who does not make a decision. On April 28, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency denied Dixon’s request for a commutation or a reprieve.

Dixon was executed by lethal injection on May 11, 2022 – the first person to be put to death in Arizona since 2014. The injection began at 10:19 a.m. He was pronounced dead 11 minutes later at 10:30 a.m. Dixon maintained his innocence in his final statement.

Clarence Dixon Murders Deana Lynne Bowdoin

On January 6, 1978, 21-year-old Deana Lynne Bowdoin, an Arizona State University senior, met her parents for dinner and then went to meet a friend at a nearby bar. The two stayed at the bar until midnight and then Bowdoin told her friend she was going home. Bowdoin returned to her apartment in Tempe in the early hours of January 7. At around 2:00 a.m. Bowdoin’s boyfriend returned to the apartment and found her dead body lying on the bed. Bowdoin had been strangled to death with a belt and had also been stabbed multiple times. Semen was found on her vagina and underwear, however, it could not be positively matched to any suspect.

Bowdoin’s murder went unsolved for over twenty years and became a cold case. In 2001, a cold case detective checked the DNA profile against a national database. He learned that the profile matched Clarence Dixon, a man who was already in prison and was serving a life sentence in an Arizona state prison for a 1986 sexual-assault conviction. At the time of Bowdoin’s murder, it was learned that Dixon had lived across the street from her. None of Bowdoin’s family or friends knew of any connection between her and Dixon, however.

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