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Nathaniel Casey DICKSON





Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: April 26, 2008
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1989
Victims profile: His father, Samuel Andrew Dickson, 46; brother, Taylor Alex Dickson, 14; step-mother Maritza Hurtado, 46; and step-sister, Melissa Jiliam Salazar, 19
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility for parole, on September 21, 2009

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Statement of Nathaniel Casey Dickson


Dickson sentenced to life in prison

By Charmaine Smith-Miles -

September 21, 2009

— Nathan Dickson hung his head, barely looking at Judge Cordell Maddox as he admitted gunning down four members of his family more than a year ago without any real motive.

Dickson pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility for parole, for the deaths of his father, Andy Dickson; his 14-year-old brother, Taylor; his stepsister, Jiliam Salazar; and his stepmother, Maritza Hurtado Dickson.

“In my nine years, this is the most unexplainable and despicable things I have ever seen in my courtroom,” Maddox said, looking at Dickson. “Your brother and your stepsister — their unlimited potential is gone and wasted.”

“It bothers me that you can’t even tell me why.”

Dickson, who is 20, remained silent as his uncle and another stepsister stood in court, tears in their eyes. He did not move, holding his hands in front of him, as his mother, Patricia Dickson, sobbed in the courtroom.

“Thank you for accepting my plea, and I apologize to the families,” Dickson said.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said the Dickson and Hurtado families both argued against pushing for the death penalty in the case. She said the families thought a lifelong jail sentence would be more of a punishment to Dixon than even a death sentence.

“I want him to remember his little brother, his father … I want him to remember,” said Nadine Salazar, as she stared at her stepbrother.

The hearing was the end to a case that began April 26, 2008, and according to prosecutors, defense attorneys and investigators was unusual because of Dickson’s apparent lack of motive.

Adams said there were some incidents in the weeks before the slayings that hinted at trouble.

Dickson had been kicked out of an apartment in Anderson for stealing a roommate’s credit card. His girlfriend had broken up with him. When he tried to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, he scored too low on the entrance exam to get in — something he later lied about to friends. He stole about $600 in change from his father.

And there was tension in his parents’ home when he moved back in and wasn’t working.

“Nothing really rises to the level of explaining why this happened that day,” Adams said. “This was a family that loved each other.”

Even in his confession to police in the hours after the slayings, Dickson did not explain why he shot his family.

“I don’t know why I killed my family today,” Dickson said in the statement. “Once I loaded that shotgun and shot Maritza, I could not stop and I did not stop until I shot them all. It hurts inside and I really can’t believe it’s real. I am concerned how all of this may affect my enlistment in the Marine Corps. I am sorry for all the trouble I have caused. It just hurts inside.”

In the statement, which the solicitor read at the hearing, Dickson said he and his father had a disagreement around 2 a.m. that Saturday, because he had come in too late. After a “fitful” night of sleep, Dickson woke, went to his brother’s closet for some clothes and found a 12-gauge shotgun his brother used to hunt squirrels.

Dickson picked up the gun, loaded it and found his stepmother and fired one round, killing her. As his stepsister ran to the kitchen, he followed her and shot her in the laundry room.

Then he found Taylor, yelling at him to stop. Dickson described knocking his brother out, only to come back later and shoot him in the head as Taylor cried for help.

In all, he reloaded the shotgun five times.

Dickson stalked his father, shooting him several times. He struck his final blow as his father called 911 for help. In his statement, Dickson said his father “rolled over and told me ‘I love you’ before I took my last shot at him.”

Dickson then left the house and drove to Belton where he spent the day riding four-wheelers with a friend, never mentioning what had happened in his home just hours before. Officers later tested Dickson and he was given a mental evaluation.

What authorities — including Dickson’s attorneys, Kurt Tavernier and Andy Potter — found was that Dickson was not drunk nor was he under the influence of any drug when he shot his family. A Greenville psychiatrist, Robert Richards, testified for the defense. He said he could not find evidence of a mental illness that would give attorneys grounds for an insanity defense.

“This kicks at your gut because this was a good family,” Tavernier said. “Nathan was a good kid and we don’t know what made him snap."


'I love you': father's last words before son shot him dead

September 22, 2009

A US man has confessed to stalking and methodically murdering four family members in their home, reloading his shotgun five times before firing the final shot into his father as the man said: "I love you."

Nathan Dickson, 20, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder as part of a deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Dickson did not say why he killed his father, stepmother, stepsister and younger brother at their home in Easley, South Carolina, in April last year and prosecutor Chrissy Adams said the motive might never be known.

Defence lawyer Kurt Tavernier said not being able to work out why he killed his family gnawed at Dickson every day.

Adams read Dickson's confession in court. He had been arrested hours after the killings - spending the time before police found him riding four-wheelers with a friend.

Dickson said he woke up that Saturday morning and saw a shotgun while looking for some of his clothes in his 14-year-old brother's closet. The killing began when he shot his stepmother, Maritza Dickson, 41, while she was in bed talking to her daughter.

Dickson's stepsister, Jiliam Salazar, 19, was killed after running into the kitchen screaming.

He punched his brother, Taylor, in the head when he yelled at Dickson to stop, and shot him.

Dickson then went to father's bedroom to get more ammunition and shot his brother again.

The second shot went into Taylor's head as he was sprawled across a chair crying for help, according to the confession.

Dickson's father was out of the house when the killings began. Dickson said he shot him first in their back yard, then, after going to the bedroom to get another shell, shot him again at the edge of the front yard.

After firing the last shot at his brother and getting one final shell, Dickson said he went to the front yard and confronted his father, who had called police.

"He rolled over and told me, 'I love you' right before I took my last shot at him," Dickson wrote in his confession, adding he then slammed the stock of the shotgun into his father's head like a club because he was still breathing.

Adams said she decided not to pursue the death penalty because the victims' relatives were strongly opposed to it, and because Dickson had no criminal record and was 18 at the time of the murders.

While Dickson vividly recounted the killings for nearly two weeks afterwards, he cannot remember them now, his lawyers said.

But Adams said the confession matched physical evidence, right down to how many times the victims were shot.

Dickson had several problems just before the killings. The Marines rejected him, but he told people he had already served in the military. Money went missing from his house and he had just broken up with his girlfriend, Adams said.

But Dickson called his father his hero on his MySpace page and friends told investigators he appeared to get along well with his stepmother and stepsister. He was a decent student in high school and well-liked by teachers and friends. There were no drugs or alcohol in his system, Adams said.

The confession gives no clues.

"I don't know why I killed all my family today. Once I loaded that shotgun and shot Maritza I couldn't stop and I did not stop until I had shot them all," Dickson wrote, adding he was concerned it would affect his chances of enlisting in the Marines.

The confession also includes what Dickson did after the killings. He threw the gun into the woods, put on sandals and drove to a nearby convenience store for water and smokeless tobacco. He then bought a chicken biscuit with his stepsister's debit card, but was so sick he ate only two bites. Then he rode four-wheelers with a friend.

Dickson apologised after pleading guilty.

"The question that will go unanswered - what was it that caused him to snap?" Tavernier said. "We'll probably never know."


Friend says suspect spent time after slaying on ATV

By Ron Barnett -

April 30, 2008

On the night before authorities say Nathaniel Dickson gunned down four members of his family at their home near Easley, he was doing target practice at a shooting range, a friend said.

He also liked to play a shoot-em-up video game called Army of Two, and ride four wheelers -- which he spent the day doing Saturday after his father, brother, step-mother and step-sister were killed, said his friend, Brantley Creel.

Creel, who has been friends with Dickson since high school, said the buddy he nicknamed "Rocky" was a "normal" guy who liked to joke around, hoped to become an electrician and never showed any violent tendencies.

"I’ve seen this dude at school just push him to the edge and all he would do was just cut up and make a joke and turn it right around on him," Creel said. "He wasn’t a violent kind."

Creel believes the 19-year-old is innocent. "In my head, I really don’t think he done it," Creel said.

Dickson and Creel had spent their evenings together for most of the week prior to the shootings, Creel said.

The night before, the two friends had gone to a private firing range and practiced shooting .30-30’s and .22 rifles, Creel said. They had a friendly competition, but there was nothing out of the ordinary about Dickson’s demeanor, Creel said.

"That was about the only time he’s ever went shooting with me," Creel said. "But he enjoyed it."

They made plans to meet early the next morning to ride ATV’s near Creel’s home in Belton. They were supposed to have gotten together at 7 a.m. Dickson called at 9:17 a.m., Creel said, to ask if he still wanted to go riding.

"I told him, yeah. Come on down," Creel said. "He said he’d be there in 45 minutes."

Dickson then drove a gold-colored Jeep Cherokee to nearby Spinnakers Exxon and bought three bottles of Propel water and a can of Grizzly straight snuff, according to Amanda Tripp, who said she checked his ID and noticed his name before selling him the tobacco.

A video taken at the store shows a young man taking a few sips of one of the bottles of the fitness drink while still standing at the counter. He was a regular customer of the store, Tripp said.

"He went on about his way like nothing ever happened," Tripp said. "He come in here as normal as could be."

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susann Griffin said investigators haven’t seen the video and couldn’t confirm whether it was Dickson or comment on it because it is "part of our ongoing investigation."

Moments before, his father, Samuel Andrew Dickson, 46; brother, Taylor Alex Dickson, 14; step-mother Maritza Hurtado, 46; and step-sister, Melissa Jiliam Salazar, 19, had been brutally killed at their Pine Lake Estates home.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said the father was shot outside, while running away from the house. Dickson’s step-sister was found in the laundry room. McCown wouldn’t say what part of the house the other two were found.

Authorities remained tight-lipped about the investigation as the case began drawing international attention.

The two males had multiple wounds from a shotgun -- McCown wouldn’t say what gauge or who owned the gun -- and the women died of a single shot. He was continuing the investigation on the women’s bodies. The male’s bodies had been turned over to Robinson Funeral Home, he said.

There was no evidence of a struggle at the home, apparently nothing was stolen -- and authorities know of no motive Dickson would have had for killing his family.

Dickson arrived at Creel’s home, at about 10 a.m. -- barely an hour after his family was killed -- and went to Hardee’s for breakfast before spending the day riding four-wheelers, Creel said.

Creel’s girlfriend, Brittaney Frady, joined them and rode with Creel as they explored trails near where Creel lives with his grandfather, James "Moose" Philyaw, on Calhoun Road in Belton, he said.

"At one point in the day we stopped at a river to kind of cool off a little bit. That was the only point in the day he was really quiet," Creel said. "He said ‘I got a feeling something bad was happening.’"

But after that, "Everything was fine. He was back to his normal self."

They returned to Creel’s house at about 7 p.m., changed clothes and drove to Ingles to buy some steaks to grill, Creel said. They had skipped lunch and were hungry, he said.

While they were at the grocery store, Creel’s grandfather called and told him they should come home because it was about to rain.

Creel said he thought it was strange that his grandfather was making such an issue of it because he knew they often left the vehicles outside in the rain.

"By the time we drove up, there was cops everywhere," he said.

Still, Dickson appeared unshaken, Creel said. Authorities separated the two of them, and that was the last he saw of his friend, other than his court appearance on TV Sunday.

"He seemed like really scared. It didn’t look like the Nathan I knew," he said.

The two had been lab partners studying electronics at Anderson District 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center, Creel said. Creel attended Belton-Honea Path High, and Dickson went to Wren.

"He was just kind of a joker," Creel recalled. "He was always cutting jokes and acting goofy and stuff like that, but nothing about his family."

Their friendship grew stronger as they helped each other through school.

"Without him I would fail. Without me he would fail," he said.

After school, they would often play video games. Dickson’s favorite was Army of Two. But there was nothing out of the ordinary about his interest in a popular violent game, Creel said.

Dickson worked at a McDonald’s in Anderson after graduating and had moved back home a couple of weeks ago, Creel said.

Dickson had broken up with his girlfriend recently but didn’t seem overly troubled about it, Creel said.

"He said he was upset about it, but he didn’t act like it bothered him," Creel said. "He just acted like, ‘Whatever, I’ll get another one later.’"

He also had been upset about a dispute with his roommate, which led to his moving back home with his family, Creel said. The roommate had accused Dickson of stealing some money from him, Creel said.

"He ain’t one to steal," Creel said. "I’ve left my wallet laying around."

Dickson told him he liked being back home with his family, Creel said.

"He said his dad made him get back in Tri-County Tec to stay there," he said. "He went and signed up that week."

He didn’t talk about his stepmother or stepsister but admired his dad’s skills as an electrician and seemed to have a good relationship with his brother, Creel said.

"Just that day, when we was eating breakfast at Hardee’s, he was cutting up about his little brother," Creel said. "So I mean, that’s part of the reason I just don’t see him doing it."

Dickson had told him Friday that he was planning to get a degree in electronics and wanted to work for Duke Power, he said.

"That’s what I’m saying, this dude, he had his plan set up for the future and everything," Creel said. "I just don’t see him doing that."

Creel said he believes Dickson is innocent, but he added, "Now that I think about it, it kind of scares me.

"It’s something you never expect to happen to you. It just blows my mind."


Store video shows suspect buying water and snuff minutes after family slain

By Ron Barnett -

April 30, 2008

Moments after a family of four was gunned down at their home near Easley on Saturday, the suspect drove to nearby Spinnakers Exxon and bought three bottles of Propel water and a can of Grizzly straight snuff, according to clerk Amanda Tripp.

She says she checked his ID and noticed his name -- Nathaniel Dickson -- before selling him the tobacco.

A video taken at the store shows a young man taking a few sips of one of the bottles of the fitness drink while still standing at the counter. He was a regular customer of the store, Tripp said.

"He went on about his way like nothing ever happened," Tripp said. "He come in here as normal as could be."

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susann Griffin said investigators haven't seen the video and couldn’t confirm whether it was Dickson or comment on it because it’s "part of our ongoing investigation."

Just moments before, his father, Samuel Andrew Dickson, 46; brother, Taylor Alex Dickson, 14; step-mother Maritza Hurtado, 46; and step-sister, Melissa Jiliam Salazar, 19, had been brutally murdered at their Pine Lake Estates home.


Death penalty considered in quadruple murder case

By Pearce Adams -

April 28, 2008

— An 18-year-old Easley man could face the death penalty for Saturday’s shooting that killed four members of his family.

“I intend to seek the death penalty, but I can’t make a final determination until I have reviewed all of the evidence and spoken to the family,” said Chrissy Adams, solicitor for the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Nathaniel C. Dickson has been charged with shooting his father, 46-year-old Andy Dickson, his stepmother, 46-year-old Maritza, his 14-year-old brother, Taylor Dickson, and his 19-year-old stepsister, Jilian Melisa Salazar.

The bodies of the four were found at their home on Pine Lake Drive in Easley around 9:10 a.m. Saturday.

A day later, no one — friends, family or authorities — had an explanation as to why they were shot.

Via a closed circuit television, Nathan Dickson appeared before Anderson County Magistrate James Cox about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. He answered briefly to questions about where he lived, his full name and when he was asked whether he understood the charges against him. To the latter, he stood motionless and said, “Yes.”

Cox said Nathan Dickson told authorities what he did. But he did not give a motive.

“He said so,” Cox said. “But he can’t say why he did it. They say he’s just like a regular Joe over there at the jail.”

Anderson County Sheriff spokeswoman Susann Griffin said Dickson did not have a criminal history that she knew of. A search of Anderson County criminal records did not show any previous charges against him.

That hearing was held in small room of the Anderson County Detention Center. Dickson’s mother, Patricia Dickson, sat on the floor, screaming and wailing as she watched him answer the magistrate’s questions.

In an earlier phone interview, she defended her son, saying she felt like something must have been wrong. Such a violent act was not something that was in her son’s heart.

“Nathan had a good heart,” Patricia Dickson said. “Something was really wrong. He wouldn’t ever do this out of his heart. Something was really wrong. He loved his little brother and his dad was all he ever talked about.”

Those few comments were all she could manage before breaking down into tears again.

She and others are still reeling from the tragedy that began around 9 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors heard about four gunshots near the Dickson home around that time. Several 911 calls were received. Some said they heard shots and saw a man fall outside on the ground in front of 153 Pine Lake Drive.

Police arrived to find Nathan Dickson’s father outside, near the driveway, still breathing. And the other three were inside, one in the living room, one in bed and another behind the clothes dryer. According to warrants, Andy Dickson and Taylor Dickson were shot multiple times.

Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said Andy Dickson had several guns in the home. He is not sure if any of those were the weapon in the shootings. Autopsies, to begin today at 10 a.m., will determine where the four were shot, how many times and with what kind of weapon.

Once those examinations are complete, the funeral arrangements will begin for each of the victims.

And 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams will begin deciding how to proceed with the case, the only quadruple homicide authorities can remember in Anderson County’s history.

The next step for Nathan Dickson is a bond hearing, which may be scheduled sometime in May. As of Sunday, the 19-year-old did not have an attorney.

In the meantime, Dicksons’ family, friends and an entire community is searching for answers.

Nathan Dickson graduated from Wren High School in 2007. Family members say he was considering joining the Marine Corps. He loved to play video games and baseball. He spent time with his little brother, Taylor. And no one could remember of Nathan ever being in any trouble.

Melissa Funk, whose son was friends with the Dickson boys, was still trying to understand what happened at the house in her neighborhood.

“Whatever has happened, if what the police say is true, it’s not the Nathan that I know,” Funk said. “I am worried about him. I hate what has happened to everybody and I am worried about him too.”

She said Nathan Dickson had recently broke up with his girlfriend and moved back in with his parents. But she didn’t know of any trouble with him.

Funk recalled the only time she remembered Nathan Dickson getting in trouble. She was coming to pick up her son at the high school and the teen was sitting outside the principal’s office.

“I said, ‘Nathan, what are you doing here?’ And he said, ‘Mrs. Funk, I have holes in my blue jeans.’ He was not a troublemaker. That is the biggest kind of infraction that I ever knew of him having,” Funk said. “That’s why everybody is so shocked.”

Nathan’s step uncle, Oswaldo Hurtado, said he is struggling with the news of the charges. He said Nathan was always good, he played with his brothers and with all the kids in his stepmother’s family.

“I do not understand what has gone on,” Hurtado said. “They were a normal family. Only God knows. No one else will ever know.”


Suspect in quadruple murders went 4-wheeling after deaths

Father made first 911 call

By Charmaine Smith-Miles -

Monday, April 28, 2008

— Brantley Creel and Nathan Dickson did something Saturday that was a usual activity for the two of them: They went riding on four-wheelers in Belton.

At 9:17 a.m., Creel, 19, said his phone rang and it was Dickson. The two hung out Friday night and had made plans to go riding on Creel’s two four-wheelers Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, Dickson called to confirm their plans, Creel said.

“He called and said, ‘Hey man, are we still going riding today?’ I said, ‘Sure, come on over,’” Creel said. “I didn’t think nothing about it. And when he came over, everything seemed so normal. We were just cutting up and having fun all day.”

Meanwhile, neighbors were at Dickson’s Easley home, kneeling beside Andy Dickson — Nathan’s father — watching him take his last breaths after he called 911 to report the shootings that had occurred at the home moments before.

Once Nathan Dickson arrived at Creel’s Belton home, he, Creel and Creel’s girlfriend headed to Hardee’s for breakfast. Then they went riding their four-wheelers most of the afternoon, Creel said. When they finished riding, they went back to Creel’s grandparents’ home on Calhoun Road in Belton and put up the four-wheelers. They were hungry, so they headed to Ingles grocery store for some steaks, Creel said.

And for the whole day, Dickson seemed fine except for one comment.

“He said, ‘I’ve got a feeling something bad is going to happen,’” Creel said. “But that’s really all he said. After that he was fine.”

So when Creel’s grandfather, James “Moose” Philyaw, called and asked him to come home, using an excuse, Creel thought nothing of it. They pulled back up at his grandparents’ home and deputies were waiting.

Philyaw said deputies later went and picked up a cell phone that Dickson threw out the window while the three were out.

Now Dickson is being held at the Anderson County Detention Center on four counts of murder in the deaths of his father; his stepmother, Maritza Hurtado; his stepsister, Jilian Melisa Salazar; and his brother, 14-year-old Taylor Dickson.

It appears all four were shot with a shotgun, according to autopsies completed on Monday, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said. Based on statements from neighbors, it appears the shootings occurred between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Three people, Jilian, Taylor and Maritza, were all inside. Andy Dickson was outside, doing yard work when the shooting began, McCown said.

At least two neighbors heard those fatal shots. But Don and Shelia Dilelio did more than just hear shots. They were the last to see Andy Dickson alive. Dilelio said he heard at least five shots that morning.

He said he heard one shot, then three in succession, and then a final shot that sounded muffled.

“We thought someone was shooting at animals,” Dilelio said. “We are animal lovers so that concerned us.”

So his wife went outside to get the paper. When she did, a car was pulling out of 153 Pine Lake Drive. As it went past, she could see something in the grass near the house. At closer inspection, she realized a man was hurt. She ran and called 911.

“The dispatchers told her someone had already called 911 and said a man had fell out of a tree,” Dilelio said. “She told them that a man was really hurt. They told us to stay with him until help could arrive. He was turning and trying to move. She told him to stay still. He was breathing then, but his breathing was real shallow.”

He did not say anything about what happened, Dilelio said. When deputies arrived, Andy Dickson took his last breath. Dilelio said Andy Dickson had a cell phone laying next to him at the time.

In a phone interview Monday, Creel said he was still finding the tragedy hard to believe. He said he had known Nathan Dickson since the two were in high school. Creel was a student at Belton-Honea Path High School. Nathan Dickson attended Wren High. The two attended a Career Center, used by both districts, and were lab partners in an electrical class.

“He was my best friend up there at the career center,” Creel said. “He wanted to get a degree in electricity and go to work for Duke Power, that’s what he told me.”

Nathan Dickson had even considered joining the U.S. Marine Corps but backed out of that in the end, Creel said. Recently, he went to Tri-County Technical College to look at enrolling in classes, Creel said.

Nathan Dickson also had gone through a break-up in the last few weeks. But neither event seemed to rattle him too much, Creel said.

“She was the only girl he had ever told he loved,” Creel said. “You could tell it upset him. But he was still cutting up and hanging out like he always did. He was an awesome guy. That’s why all this is such a shock.”

Now, the process begins to move to a trial.

Tenth Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said she may seek the death penalty in the case, but many more steps must be made before she makes the final decision.

“At this point, I intend to seek the death penalty in this case,” Adams said. “But I will not make that final decision until I look at all of the evidence and meet with the family.”


Timeline of Easley tragedy

By Charmaine Smith-Miles -

Monday, April 28, 2008

— The following is an account of what happened the day that 46-year-old Andy Dickson, 46-year-old Maritza Hurtado Dickson, 19-year-old Jilian Melisa Salazar and 14-year-old Taylor Dickson were fatally shot at their Easley home.

8 a.m. until 9 a.m. — Authorities believe sometime within the hour all four victims were fatally shot. Dickson and his son were shot multiple times.

9:10 a.m. — Neighbors, Don and Shelia Dilelio, heard the first of five shots fired near their Pine Lake Drive home.

9:17 a.m. — Brantley Creel, 19, receives a call from Nathan Dickson. Dickson wanted to know if they could go riding on Creel’s four-wheelers. He said nothing about anything being wrong.

9:21 a.m. — Several calls come into 911 dispatchers. Andy Dickson may have made the first call to 911. A cell phone was found next his body, neighbors said.

9:36 a.m. — Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies arrive. Andy Dickson is found outside, still breathing. They check the Dickson home, find two more victims and secure the house.

Saturday morning — Creel, Nathan Dickson and Creel’s girlfriend head to Hardee’s in Belton for some breakfast.

Saturday afternoon — Creel and Nathan Dickson spent several hours riding four-wheelers somewhere in Belton. Nathan Dickson comments that he thought something bad was going to happen, Creel says.

Around 2 p.m. — Anderson County Sheriff David Crenshaw announces deputies have found a fourth victim in the laundry room.

About 3 p.m. — Sheriff Crenshaw confirms that deputies are looking for Nathan Dickson as a “person of interest.”

7:30 p.m. — Sheriff deputies ride by in unmarked cars past Creel’s grandparents’ home on Calhoun Road in Belton. James “Moose” Philyaw, Creel’s grandfather, asks deputies what’s going on. They tell them they are looking for Nathan Dickson.

7:30 p.m. — Philyaw calls his grandson and gives an excuse to get them back to the house. He said he doesn’t want to startle his grandson. Creel and Nathan were at Ingles grocery store, where they had just bought steaks so they could grill out. Creel says they are headed back.

8 p.m. — Deputies take Dickson into custody.

11 p.m. — Sheriff Crenshaw holds a news conference, gives names of the victims and say Dickson will be charged with murder in all four shootings.

Sunday - Arraignment hearing held for Nathan Dickson; he’s held at Anderson County Detention Center. Numerous family members attend.

Monday - Autopsies show shotgun used in slayings. Solicitor says she plans to seek death penalty.



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