Man officially charged with capital murder in slaying of ETX deputy after extradition from Shreveport

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Gregory Dewayne Newson, 47, is now formally charged in Panola County, Texas, in the shooting death of 28-year-old Deputy Christopher Dickerson, 28, early on the morning of New Year’s Eve 2019. (Photo courtesy: Gregg County Sheriff’s Office)

CARTHAGE, Texas (KETK/KTAL) – The Shreveport man accused of fatally shooting of a Panola County deputy has been formally charged following his extradition to East Texas Thursday.

Gregory Dewayne Newson, 47, is accused in the shooting death of 28-year-old Deputy Christopher Dickerson early on the morning of December 31, 2019.

Authorities say Newson abruptly jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire when Deputy Dickerson pulled him over. Investigators believe the wounded deputy was able to return fire before Newson fled the scene.

Panola County Sheriffs Deputy Christopher Dickerson was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday, December 31, 2019. (Source: Panola County Sheriff’s Office)

Newson had been held in Caddo Parish since his arrest in Shreveport about an hour after the slaying after a police chase ended with him crashing and attempting to flee before a police K9 took him into custody. In addition to gunshot wounds, Newson had a punctured lung and broken ribs from the crash.

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Newson was handed over into the custody of the Texas Rangers Thursday afternoon and formally charged with capital murder of a peace officer after a Caddo Parish judge ordered his extradition to East Texas. He is currently being held in the Gregg County Jail on $3 million bond.

Under Texas law, Newson can only face life without parole or the death penalty if he is convicted.

While the case will be prosecuted in Panola County, Gregg County prosecutor April Sikes has been sworn in to assist the Panola County District Attorney’s Office in the case.

Dickerson’s death prompted a national, and even international, show of support from local police and organizations. Forces from across the country sent their condolences to the Dickerson family and the New York Yankees sent flowers to be put at his gravesite.

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