Man Pleads Guilty In 2018 Murder Near Laurel

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One of the two people charged with the 2018 murder of a Laurel man has pleaded guilty.

In September of 2018, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit identified two suspects in connection with the death of a 19-year-old  Isaac Hatton, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the investigation began at approximately 9:22 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018, when troopers responded to the area of Portsville Road and Dogwood Lane, west of Laurel for a report of a male subject that was found lying on the shoreline. Sussex County Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.

Through investigative measures, Detectives were able to identify two suspects, 26-year-old Jerry Reed of Georgetown and 21-year-old Traevon Dixon of Laurel, according to Jaffe.

Dixon was initially taken into custody and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited on Thursday, September 27, 2018. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000.00 secured bond. Additional charges for Murder First Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony have been obtained.

Troopers were initially unable to locate Jerry Reed and issued warrants for Murder First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited. Reed, 26, of Greenwood, later turned himself.

On Friday prosecutors announced Traevon Dixon, 22, of Laurel pleaded guilty to Murder Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.  A Superior Court judge will sentence Dixon after the trial of his co-defendant Jerry Reed, officials said.

Reed is facing Murder First Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy First Degree, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited.

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