Sanders Lee Dixon
A woman who moved to Johnson City from Massachusetts to get away from the father of her unborn child testified at a preliminary hearing this week that he stabbed her in the back as she tried to board a city transit bus.
Sanders L. Dixon, 22, 38 High St., Apt. 101, Springfield, Mass., is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. According to police, Dixon stabbed his pregnant girlfriend, Toni Johnson, 18, of Johnson City, in the back as she was about to board the bus at the corner of Watauga Avenue and Baxter Street on Aug. 12 following an argument between the two.
Assistant District Attorney General Fred Lance said Johnson testified “they had an argument. She moved down here from Massachusetts and he followed her down here,” Lance said.
“She started to get on the bus and said she felt a sharp pain in her back,” he said. Johnson reached around and pulled a pocket knife with a four-inch blade out of her back, authorities said.
Court records indicate that Johnson, who is 15 weeks pregnant, and Dixon were in the process of breaking up and he was having a problem with it. She told police Dixon was waiting for her outside her East Watauga Avenue residence that morning when she left for a doctor’s appointment.
The case was bound over to a grand jury and Dixon remains jailed on $200,000 bond. He will appear in Criminal Court in September.
At his arraignment on the charges last week, Dixon told the judge that he had sought help from his therapist for problems he was having, but that person had ignored his pleas for help.
“It seems like no one cared about me. My therapist knew everything. I told him everything, the problems that I had. I just want someone to help me,” Dixon said at his arraignment.
According to Lance, there was nothing mentioned at the preliminary hearing about any mental or emotional problems Dixon might have.