Bennettsville man gets 40 years in jail on murder charge

David Eric Dixon of Bennettsville (Source: MCSO)
David Eric Dixon of Bennettsville (Source: MCSO)

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - The suspect in a 2012 murder in Bennettsville has been sentenced to spend up to four decades behind bars.

David Eric Dixon of Bennettsville was arrested by the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office just hours after two men were shot in Bennettsville on Dec. 20, 2012.

Dixon was found guilty of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and attempted murder. In total, he was sentenced to spend 40 years in jail for those crimes.

Sheriff Fred Knight explained that the shooting occurred around 10 p.m. that night at Woody's on Stone Away Road.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered two gunshot victims. One was transported to the hospital by a friend and the other, 27-year-old Christopher Allen Bristow, died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation revealed that Dixon was arguing with Bristow outside of the business before shots were fired.

Sheriff Knight said, "This is a tragic case where a young man's life was taken in a split second. We are fortunate to have the suspect in custody and have gathered a lot of great evidence and information from witnesses. My condolences go out to the victim's family in this time of hurt and the loss of a family member."

Dixon has past convictions for several different crimes including burglary and drugs.

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