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UPDATE: Accused murderer of police informant waives preliminary hearing

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Marlon Dixon was arrested for first degree murder. Marlon Dixon was arrested for first degree murder.
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UPDATE:

Marlon Dixon, known as "Ice", waived his preliminary hearing Thursday, July 24.

Dixon is charged with first degree murder of police informant Branda Basham, along with charges of possession with intent to deliver and domestic battery.

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UPDATE:

The Charleston Police Department has arrested Marlon Dixon, known as "Ice," and charged him with first degree murder, possession with intent to deliver, and domestic battery.

Detectives say Dixon turned himself in on Indiana Avenue right before 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Charleston Police Department ordered a manhunt for Dixon early Thursday morning.

According to Lt. Steve Cooper, Chief of Detectives with the Charleston Police Department, Dixon said he has been hiding in car trunks and safe houses since Saturday.

Detectives believe Dixon murdered 22-year-old Branda Basham early Saturday morning. Her body was found on the railroad tracks near Madison Avenue. She was shot three times.

Basham was a confidential informant, CI, for law enforcement. Police say she bought drugs, specifically heroin, from Dixon.

Police say Dixon is a well-known drug dealer in the Charleston area. He had an outstanding warrant for heroin distribution.

He was last arrested in Charleston in 2005 for malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

Dixon's bond was denied.

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UPDATE:

The Charleston Police Department have arrested Marlon Dixon for first degree murder.

Dixon was arrested in the area of Indiana Avenue Thursday afternoon of July 17.

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Charleston police have issued an arrest warrant for Marlon Dixon, for first-degree murder. Detectives say Dixon, who also goes by the name of "Ice," killed 22-year-old Branda Basham last Saturday morning. He is also wanted for an outstanding warrant for heroin distribution.

Police have searched several homes looking for Dixon. Detectives say he is a well-known drug dealer in the Charleston area and has ties to Columbus, Ohio.

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UPDATE:
Funeral services for Branda Basham, a murder victim found dead on Charleston's west side have been announced.

Basham's funeral will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, West Virginia. 

Basham's body will be laid to rest at Vaught Cemetery on Nubbins Ridge at Beeson, WV following funeral services, according to information released by the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, West Virginia.

Charleston police are still looking to speak to Marlon Dixon, 37, who also goes by "Ice" in connection with the murder of Bashom. 
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ORIGINAL:

Charleston Police detectives say they are looking for a person of interest in connection to a Saturday morning murder on the city’s west side.

Detectives say they want to question Marlon Dixon, 37, who often goes by the name of “Ice.” They say he is a well-known drug dealer in the Charleston-area and has an outstanding warrant for heroin distribution.

“We have information that leads up to believe that he knows we are looking for him, so this is an invitation for him to turn himself in,” said Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police department.

On Sunday police continued the investigation into the murder of Branda Basham. They searched several homes, walked the railroad tracks her body was found on and climbed on top of building to look for a gun.

Miles away, Branda’s family was in mourning.

“It’s just a nightmare and it’s something reality just hasn’t set in yet, hasn’t set in,” said Bruce Basham, her father.

Bruce said he last saw his daughter Friday hours before she was shot. He said he brought her Wendy’s and had a conversation he never expected to be his last.

“I said dad loves you and I did tell her, I said Branda if you don’t get off the streets honey you’re going to die,” said Basham.

Police are asking anyone with information on Dixon to call the police. He has connections in the Charleston-area as well as in Ohio.

According to court documents, Dixon has been arrested over 20 times in Charleston. His last arrest was in 2005 for malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.