Woman indicted in Bell killing

A Jackson woman has been indicted on a capital murder charge in last summer’s attack on a 93-year-old woman who later died from complications of her injuries, officials said Monday.

Jackson police initially had considered Mary Ann Dixon, 28, of 246 Whitfield St. a suspect because she was in the vicinity of Melcenia Bell’s home, but bloody clothing examined by the state Crime Lab did not help detectives build their case.

“Investigators came up with some information and got additional statements from folks, and based on what we had, she (Dixon) was the one who robbed and killed Ms. Bell,” Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson said. “There were details about how she was murdered that only someone who committed the crime would have known. ”

Bell was stabbed more than 40 times with a screwdriver and beaten in her Dreyfus Street home on Aug. 19. She died in December.

Peterson would not elaborate on the evidence used to indict Dixon.

Clarion Ledger
6/28/5