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Facebook spurs police to reiterate call for “person of interest” to turn self in

By By Erin Beck
Staff writer

Charleston Police repeated their call for a “person of interest” in a homicide over the weekend to turn himself in, after viewing a recent Facebook post by the Charleston man.

Marlon “Ice” Dixon, 37, of Charleston, is wanted for allegedly distributing heroin, and for questioning about the slaying of Branda Basham, 22, of Charleston.

On Sunday, Dixon posted:

“Im letting fbook know they raided my whole families n friends houses, i personally want to apologize and as always the charleston police n the feds are harrassin and interrogating and without question making marlon dixon their prime suspect.”

Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives, said Dixon could stop the police contact with his family and friends.

“We always prefer that someone turn themselves in so we don’t have to disrupt the lives of those close to them on a continual basis looking for them,” he said. “He’s making it difficult on people he claims to care about.”

Dixon’s post says Charleston Police should “give it a rest.”

“im guilty till proven innocent from start all bcus i just so happen to be in the vicinity of where the murder took place, where i reside on the westside, are u serious?” Dixon said.

Cooper said police have no plans to stop searching for Dixon.

Basham was found dead from gunshot wounds near Breece and Madison streets on Charleston’s West Side Saturday morning.

Three days later, police are showing no signs of slowing down, according to Cooper.

“We’re always happy when we solve a crime hours after it takes place but we’re never discouraged if that’s not the case,” he said.

Crime lab and autopsy reports can provide new evidence, while witnesses may come forward as well, Cooper said.

“In theory, the more time that goes by the less are the chances that you are going to solve a case, but for murder investigations in particular, that’s not necessarily the case,” Cooper said. “It’s very common that a homicide investigation can take days, weeks or even months. In some instances, it even takes years.”

More than 15 detectives are working on the case, according to Cooper.

“We have a full crew working night and day, along with our SEU unit,” he said. “They’ve been very helpful.”

SEU unit refers to the department’s undercover Special Enforcement Unit.

Police have also been working with the medical examiner’s office to gather more information about Basham’s death.

“The little things the medical examiner’s office can find and contribute are very important to telling the story of that person’s death,” Cooper said. “Many times they can give us very specific details on not only how they died, but intricate details about even the moment leading up to their death.”

Reach Erin Beck at, 304-348-5163 or follow @3littleredbones on Twitter.

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