Plastic surgeon arrested in Texas doctor's death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a plastic surgeon hired someone to kill a fellow Texas doctor in what police are investigating as a love triangle.

Police on Monday announced the arrests of Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon of Amarillo and David Neal Shepard. Police said at a news conference that Dixon paid Shepard three bars of silver - worth a total of $9,000 - to have Dr. Joseph Sonnier III killed.

Documents in an arrest warrant suggest Dixon arranged for the killing because Sonnier was dating Dixon's ex-girlfriend.

An affidavit says Shepard's roommate allegedly told police that Shepard confessed to shooting Sonnier in his Lubbock home last Wednesday. Sonnier was chief pathologist for Covenant Health System in Lubbock.

Dixon is a well-known surgeon in Amarillo. No one answered the phone Monday at Dixon's practice.

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