Convicted Murderer Clarence Dixon’s ‘Delusion’ Claim Rejected – What We Know!

Clarence Dixon (L) and Deana Bowdoin (R)

Clarence Dixon (L) and Deana Bowdoin (R)

In an eleventh hour ruling, an Arizona decide has decided {that a} demise row inmate is mentally effectively sufficient to be killed by the state.

Clarence Dixon, 66, is presently scheduled to die on Could 11, 2022 for the 1978 homicide of Deana Bowdoin.

Pinal County Superior Courtroom Decide Robert Olson penned the ruling simply earlier than midnight on Tuesday night. The doc rejects protection counsel’s arguments that the convicted assassin is confused concerning the crime for which the state desires him lifeless.

Attorneys argued that Dixon thinks he’s being executed for a 1985 rape and an ensuing investigation by police that was “not directly, initiated with out lawful authority,” the ruling explains.

Olson, the decide, did concede that Dixon is a identified paranoid schizophrenic, however he wrote that his legal professionals failed “to indicate that his psychological state is so distorted by a psychological sickness that he lacks a rational understanding of the state’s rationale for his execution.”

Dixon was already in jail for sexual assault when he was charged with murdering Bowdoin, 21, in 1978.

In early 1978, Dixon was discovered “not responsible by purpose of madness” in an assault case overseen by then-Maricopa County Superior Courtroom decide Sandra Day O’Connor, who would later function the primary lady on the U.S. Supreme Courtroom. Two days after Dixon was acquitted in that case, he brutally raped, stabbed, strangled, and killed Bowdoin, then a pupil at Arizona State College.

The younger lady was discovered mendacity on her mattress in her condominium in Tempe by her boyfriend within the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 1978. The night time earlier than, she had dinner along with her dad and mom after which went to go meet a pal at a bar simply after midnight.

Bowdoin’s homicide went unsolved regardless of the presence of the homicide weapon, a belt, and DNA from her attacker’s semen.

In 1985, Dixon was arrested by police in Flagstaff, Arizona, for the rape of one other 21-year-old lady at Northern Arizona College. He was convicted and sentenced to life in jail over that crime.

Bowdoin’s case was reignited in 2001, when a chilly case detective ran the DNA profile from her case towards a nationwide database and ultimately got here again with a match: Dixon, nonetheless serving time for the 1985 rape of the Northern Arizona pupil.

Dixon was initially charged with Bowdoin’s rape and homicide, however the rape cost was ultimately dropped because of the statute of limitations. The homicide case continued, nevertheless, and the sufferer from the 1985 sexual assault testified towards Dixon at trial.

On Jan. 24, 2008, Dixon was convicted of killing Bowdoin and sentenced to demise.

Since then, his attorneys have tried varied efforts to save lots of their shopper from capital punishment, to no avail. A 2011 Arizona Supreme Courtroom opinion had beforehand affirmed his final conviction and demise sentence.

“Dixon had lived throughout the road from Deana on the time of the homicide,” 2011 opinion in Dixon’s case famous. “None of Deana’s buddies or household knew of earlier contact between her and Dixon.”

For years, Dixon was granted a reprieve because of the Grand Canyon State’s botched execution of Joseph Wooden in 2014 that took almost two hours after the deadly drug cocktail was administered. After that, all executions had been halted and the state tried to treatment the scenario by discovering new medication. These efforts, sophisticated by drug expiration dates and procedural points, continued for a number of years.

However on April 5 2022, the Arizona Supreme Courtroom issued Dixon’s execution warrant.

These condemned to demise in Arizona have the selection between deadly injection and fuel. Dixon declined to decide on his personal technique of demise and is scheduled to die by deadly injection as a default.

To listen to Dixon’s attorneys inform it, their shopper believes he’s being killed for the 1985 rape–and that he was falsely arrested for that assault, too. His legal professionals have conceded that Dixon was not falsely arrested for that crime, and Dixon has himself conceded he dedicated the later crime as effectively.

Rejecting the competency argument, Olson wrote that it “is a chic idea that would make all of his authorized issues go away; alternatively, the prospect of success with this argument was extremely unbelievable (if not non-existent), but the Defendant stays unbending in his dedication to this argument, whether or not attributable to hubris, poor judgment, a longshot technique for lack of a greater argument, or a delusion, as Defendant claims.”

Dixon’s attorneys will now enchantment the choice to the state supreme courtroom, arguing that his execution would violate the Eighth Modification’s prohibition towards merciless and weird punishment.

[images: Clarence Dixon via Arizona Department of Corrections; Deana Bowdoin screengrab/KPHO]

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