CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man wanted for the murder of woman last weekend is now in police custody.

Charleston Police said Marlon “Ice” Dixon, 37, was arrested Thursday after a warrant was issued for him.

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Marlon Dixon is now charged with murder.

Charleston Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper said Branda Basham, 22, of Charleston, was shot three times. Her body was found along railroad tracks near Madison Street on the city’s West Side last Saturday morning.

Police said Basham was a police informant and information she gave them about Dixon led to a criminal indictment on drug charges and that’s why he shot her according to the criminal complaint.

Cooper quickly named Dixon as a person of interest in the case. Dixon was wanted on an outstanding heroin charge, but also wanted for questioning in Basham’s death. Investigators urged Dixon to turn himself in, though new information led to the murder charge against Dixon by Thursday.

Police said they’ve spoken to several witnesses who have connected Dixon with Basham in the hours before her murder. Blood was also found in a doorknob Dixon had used and a pair of tennis shoes. Another witness said Dixon told them Basham was killed because she wore a wire.

Dixon has taunted police with postings on Facebook in recent days. He’s even texted some detectives. Cooper said that doesn’t add any “fuel to the fire” for police. He was arraigned late Thursday evening on the first-degree murder charge. He’s being housed in the South Central Regional Jail without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 24.

Basham was buried Thursday.

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Comments

  • cousin

    This man has been in and out of prison his whole life
    From juvy hall till he was an adult.
    He does not have any respect for his family or anyone else . I personally as one of his family members did not getting along with him nor did I want to .
    And personally I believe he is a true danger to society. And should never be released.

  • malaysia

    Solving murder with murder so I guess u all that say that should b murdered too then bcuz somebody even thinkn to kill somebody is wrong in my bookregardless the situation so how does it make u any better right how does more death justify sounds sick GOD will b the judge and i bet if it was ur family member u wouldn't b grabn that wrope or needle so fast but at the end of the day u have to sleep with them thots at night I will pray for their family cops should have done their own work and sh me shouldn't have been killed if any of u had to decide our world would definitely b lost no human life besides ur "perfect selves" dont wait till now to make an example should've did that long ago

  • malaysia

    Solving murder with murder so I guess u all that say that should b murdered too then bcuz somebody even thinkn to kill somebody so how does it make u any better right how does more death justify sounds sick GOD will b the judge and i bet if it was ur family member u wouldn't b grabn that wrope or needle so fast but at the end of the day u have to sleep with them thots at night I will pray for my family as well as theirs cops should have done their own work and he shouldn't have been killed if any of u had to decide our world would definitely b lost no human life besides ur "perfect selves" dont wait till now to make an example should've did that long ago oh but now its so serious