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Drifter charged in Fayetteville man's death

Posted December 29, 2010

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— DNA evidence has helped Fayetteville police crack an August homicide case.

James Cornelius McNeill, 37, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jeremy Michael Dixon, 21, who was found beaten to death in his apartment on Jeffery Drive on Aug. 3.

McNeill already is in the Scotland Correctional Institution for drug charges and a probation violation.

Police describe McNeill as a drifter who moved between Fayetteville and Lumberton as he searched for places to stay.

Investigators said Dixon met McNeill on the street and took him back to his apartment for a sexual encounter. They said McNeill might have been in the apartment for a couple of days before Dixon was killed.

Dixon's 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was missing from the apartment parking lot when police found his body. The car has never been recovered.

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  • bacchianm Dec 30, 2010

    Why was this 21 yo picking up a homeless guy in the first place? You dont bring strange homeless people in your house.

  • prophetdavis08 Dec 30, 2010

    What do people be thinking? When are people going to learn that you don't take strangers to your house!

  • workingforthosethatwont Dec 30, 2010

    now give him the needle!

  • Leftwing Dec 29, 2010

    Oh don't worry TWM - he'll be out in no time. Our system could care less about keeping criminals locked up.

  • TWM Dec 29, 2010

    Another fine citizen we get to support.

  • Bartmeister Dec 29, 2010

    Chalk up another victory to DNA and it being used to catch bad guys.