A third suspect is being charged with murder for the home invasion robbery that left a beloved Bayview salesman dead on Sept. 14.
Marlena Waters, 25, allegedly had a role in planning the failed robbery attempt that resulted in the fatal shooting of Dennis Wayne Dixon, 57, at his Palou Avenue home, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said.
Waters was scheduled to be arraigned Friday, but the case was continued to Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Seth Steward said.
The “happy-go-lucky” Dixon was killed after two heartless thugs rang his doorbell around 11 p.m. The thugs had words with Dixon before he was gunned down, police said.
Dixon’s stepson, 25, was pistol-whipped by the murderous robbers, authorities said. A neighbor called cops. Officers arrived before the thugs could leave. They chased down and detained two suspects at the scene.
The suspects, Eric Jordan, 38, and Gary Jones, 18, pleaded not guilty to the murder charges on Sept. 21. All three suspects face 25 years to life without the possibility for parole for the murders.
Waters was not in the home at the time of the killing, but is accused of helping to plan the robbery, including “providing information about who [would be] inside the house,” Steward said.
The officers described a grisly sight when entering the home.
It included “a lifeless body on the floor nearby a frightened 7-year-old child [visiting relative] in the room looking on,” they said.
Several days after the killing, violence erupted again — this time at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, where the two original suspects, Jordan and Jones, made their first court appearance.
An emotional and disruptive hearing led to a courthouse brawl pitting Dixon’s family against the suspects’ family. The fight exploded outside the courthouse, after the hearing. Yelling led to punches. A coffee drink was thrown. After sheriffs broke it up, Dixon’s older brother sobbed on a bench outside the courtroom.
“He’s a good person,” Alton Dixon Jr., 57, said of his slain brother. “We know how to reach out and touch people with happiness and joy.”
Authorities are likely to be on guard Friday for the arraignment of the third suspect.
Alton Dixon said he and his younger brother grew up in North Beach, spending their early years shining shoes and selling newspapers at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Dennis Dixon’s niece, Latrice, said her uncle was a successful car salesman and may have been targeted “for the things he had,” including jewelry and nice cars.
“My uncle was a flashy, happy-go-lucky man,” she said, adding that people in the neighborhood can see his nice cars parked in front of his residence.
She said desperation has led to a spike in robberies in the Bayview.
“People in this area, there’s been a lot of home invasions,” Latrice Dixon said.
Bay City News contributed to this report.