Bond set at $100K for Longview murder suspect

James Dustin Nixon

A Starkville man is in jail facing murder charges after the shooting death of an Ackerman man on Highway 12 near the Longview community on Saturday.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain told the Starkville Daily News that 31-year-old James Dustin Nixon had an initial court appearance on Sunday, where bond was set at $100,000. Oktibbeha County Jail officials said Nixon bonded out sometime over the weekend.

Oktibbeha County Deputy Coroner Billy Miller identified the deceased man as 26-year-old Shawn Stricklin.

It is unclear at this time what prompted the incident as the investigation continues and authorities as of Sunday morning have not said if Nixon will face additional charges or if more arrests are possible.

"MBI will compile a composite case file and submit that to the district attorney," Strain said. "Typically, the district attorney will present to a grand jury for additional charges."

District Attorney Scott Colom told the Starkville Daily News on Monday that MBI had not turned anything over to his office from the investigation.

Nixon's next court appearance has not been set.

Stricklin was found dead before noon on Saturday in a vehicle located on Highway 12, near the Longview community in Oktibbeha County.

Nixon was taken into custody sometime after the shooting.

Strain said Mississippi Highway Patrol was initially called to the scene due to what was reported as a car wreck. He said once one of the troopers arrived at the scene, Stricklin's body was found.

He was pronounced dead by Miller around noon.

Mississippi Highway Patrol then turned over the homicide investigation to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Strain would not reveal more information about Nixon and any potential charges, since the death is still under active investigation.

MBI was called in with the crime scene unit to investigate and process the vehicle.

Stricklin's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy.