Andrew Dys

Chester gang suspect charged in another shooting while free on bond

Derrick Dixon, right, and attorney Nathan Sheldon listen as judge Benjamin Culbertson sets Dixon’s bond during a recent hearing at the Chester County Courthouse.
Derrick Dixon, right, and attorney Nathan Sheldon listen as judge Benjamin Culbertson sets Dixon’s bond during a recent hearing at the Chester County Courthouse. Herald file

An alleged gang member charged in connection with the execution-style killing of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams in November has been charged in another shooting while free on bond, police said Friday.

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office said Derrick Dixon, 19, has been charged in connection with a July 6 incident on Elks Road in Chester during which Jarius Marquil Sanders, 17, was charged with attempted murder after he fired shots at a car.

Dixon was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of being an accessory to the July 6 shooting and criminal domestic violence, said Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse. Dixon had been released on $50,000 bond in February, three months after his arrest on accessory to murder charges in connection with Williams’ killing.

In May, police said, Dixon was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant who fired shots into a home on Center Road in Chester. Dixon was not charged with any crime.

Dixon and four other alleged Roundtree Circle gang members were charged a week after the Nov. 4 shooting death of Williams, 69, a former Chester police officer. Dixon is accused of accessory after the fact in the crime, police said, because he helped the shooter escape. Williams was shot with an assault rifle after a chase through Chester streets.

One of the five defendants, Terrance Buchanan, implicated his co-defendants in Williams’ death when he claimed in a statement to police that Williams shot first, according to previous court testimony.

Prosecutors have not agreed that Williams shot first at the group.

Dixon is not the first of the five charged in the Odell Williams case to get into trouble while free on bond.

A judge sent DeAngelo Roseboro back to jail to await trial after he went to a Waffle House in the middle of the night, violating the conditions of his bond.

Christopher Moore, the alleged shooter whom police say lay in wait for Williams to pass by during the chase and shot him in the head, has been denied bond by a judge.

Quinton McClinton, accused of accessory before the murder, is in prison on unrelated drug charges.

Two of the five suspects police say had a role in Williams’ death were free on bond for other alleged crimes at the time of the killing.

After Dixon and the four others were arrested, Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said he, his deputies and their families had received death threats from gang members. Underwood said then that he had “declared war on gangs,” who were trying to scare residents and police while trying to take over neighborhoods.

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