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Dorothy Dixon Update - Michelle Riley Scheduled for Trial

UPDATED- I called the Madison County Vlerk's office, the trial is now reset for August 17th at 9AM.

We're keeping up as best we can with the Dorothy Dixon case. She was the disabled pregnant Black woman who was tortured to death by her housemates. if you haven't heard of her, it is likely because she was a victim of Black on Black crime. God will ultimately judge us for how we allowed the most vulnerable among us to be treated. You can read my previous posts for details.

I, along with disability rights advocates, have been tracking this case. I had to remind the local newspaper about the trial last month. They had forgotten. Michelle Riley was scheduled for a Jury trial yesterday. I will call the court today to see if that went forward or if it was rescheduled again.

Previous Posts

Dorothy Dixon Update: First Jury Trial Scheduled Next Week

Another Mentally Disabled Black Woman Brutally Beaten…This Time by Teen Relatives

ESSENCE Magazine Highlights Dorothy Dixon and Other Victims of Maternal Homicide

March For Dorothy Dixon Saturday May 31, 2008:

Happy Easter!— May the Killers of Dorothy Dixon, 29 , Rot in Jail and then Rot in Hell!!

Reader Comments (10)

Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on this story. It is so easy for Black *victims* of crimes (especially, as you say, when the perpetrators were also Black) to get lost in the shuffle.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPPR_Scribe

I can't wait to see what happens with this case

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Where is the NAACP - off defending the male criminals shot by the white pharmacist while they tried to rob the store at gunpoint. I know I know...why do I even ask.

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaith


This is completely unrelated, but the young pregant British woman you featured about a month ago, got a Life Sentence in Laos. She will not be put to death.

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Thank you for the updates on this story. I have been trying to find out about the trial but the story seems to have been forgotten by the media. Dorothy should not be forgotten. The disabled are so often abused by their caregivers and the only punishment is a slap on the wrist. I hope there is justice for Dorothy.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterredcat1

Where is Dorothy Dixon's family in all of this?

May she and her baby son get the justice that they deserved a long time ago. And may those assholes ROT.

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

It wasn't just black on black. I only see one black male out of all the individuals arrested. The head of the torture appears to be a white woman or am I confused?

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison McAllister

Actually MIchelle Riley is biracial. Had the ENTIRE group of torturers been white, then this would have been a nation wide story like the Megan Williams story because it would have been viewed as a hate crime Like Megan Williams and James Byrd.

The involvement of ANY black person basically made the crime fall outside of the the "hate crime" media narrative.

I don't think you are confused. I just don't think you agree with the post. My position is that this case isn't getting attention because other Black and biracial people are the attackers and int his country the race of the abuser determines the value of the abused.

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

im so sick of hearing about racism. i know michelle riley-she is mixed. she was a friend of mine and little did i know what a sick bitch she is

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterredgirl

Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCurious in MN

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