New Charges Filed In 1997 Sequoyah County Murder Case

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Ricky Dority

SALLISAW (KFSM) – Sequoyah County District Attorney Brian J. Kuester has filed charges against a former Oklahoma resident and current Texas inmate in a 1997 murder case, officials say.

Ricky L. Dority, 56, originally of Sallisaw was charged in the 1997 murder of Mitchell Nixon, 28, on Tuesday (Aug. 12), according to officials.

Dority was charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon, officials said.

Nixon, 28, was killed on Oct. 9, 1997. His body was found on Tower Estates Road, east of Sallisaw. The state medical examiner determined he’d been beaten to death. His truck was found abandoned at a nearby Walmart later that day. The case was investigated by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations.

Another man, Rex Robbins, 38, was arrested in March, 2013, in connection with the murder case. He was accused of beating Nixon to death. He is due in court for a status hearing on Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m., according to a court official.

Dority is being held in Texas in the FCI Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute.  He is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of felon in possession of a firearm. His release date is set for March 22, 2016, unless he is convicted of the new charges and a judge extends his prison time, authorities said.

A warrant is outstanding for the new charges, and further court appearances are pending, according to authorities.

A third suspect in the case, Bobby Scott, is already dead, authorities said.