Homicide suspect charged with arson
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2/22/13 at 11:16 AM
Prosecutors on Wednesday charged one of four suspects in a Jan. 4 homicide with arson in an unrelated case.
Warren David Dixon, 29, is accused of setting fire to the Great Adventures Child Care Center, 2124 E. Pine St., on Christmas Day, court filings show.
Fire officials said Dixon used a flammable liquid to start a fire behind the unoccupied business, which caused less than $1,000 in damages, to the structure’s back door and exterior.
Investigators declined to discuss Dixon’s motive but said the incident isn’t connected with the shooting death of Ronnie Leon Stanley, 31.
Stanley was fatally shot in the 1800 block of North St. Louis Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Jan. 4 when an ongoing dispute over money escalated, documents indicate.
Dixon, who is also known as Warren Knighten, was arrested during a traffic stop within hours of the shooting.
Investigators allege he and six others — Jamal Dante Long, 19; Deonta Deangelo Dixon, 21; Sean Phillip Collins, 18; Marcus Dewayne Boyd, 23; Darius Wone Mcfarland, 19; Jamal Adrian Fortenberry, 19; and Joshua Lavel Harring, 17 — occupied a stolen minivan used in Stanley’s slaying, the filings show.
Long, Collins and Warren Dixon face first-degree murder, possession of a stolen vehicle and weapons charges. Deonta Dixon was charged with first-degree murder and joyriding.
Boyd, Mcfarland and Harring face weapons and joyriding charges. Fortenberry was also charged with joyriding, which is a misdemeanor.
Warren David Dixon