Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance
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When Judge John Dixon was found on the floor of his home office with a gunshot wound to the head, there was no question of foul play. Behind the locked door of his office, Judge Dixon shot himself with favorite shotgun. The only question is, was this an accident—or suicide? Plaintiff Mary Dixon demands that Providential Life Insurance Company pay on her husband’s $1 million life insurance policy, taken out shortly before his death. Providential refuses, citing the suicide provision of the policy. The medical examiner determined the death was accidental, but Providential claims the medical examiner's conclusion was tainted by his friendship with the judge and a hasty investigation, and that Dixon's death was, in fact, a suicide.
Would this seemingly happy, well-respected judge to kill himself? Was Judge Dixon the churchgoing social conservative that his public persona suggested? Did his shotgun accidentally discharge while he, an experienced hunter and gun owner, was cleaning it in a darkened room—or was he troubled by a secret that was about to be exposed and made suicide seem like his only way out?
This well-balanced file challenges advocates for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Programs using it see equal numbers of verdicts for both the plaintiff and the defense. There are five witnesses for the plaintiff and four for the defendant. Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company has a courtroom technology focus and includes electronic evidence in the form of photographs, diagrams, documents, emails, and text messages. It includes a web link to color versions of all exhibits, the audio clip of Mary Dixon’s 911 call, and deposition video clips to use for impeachment purposes. The Seventh Edition is based on the original case file by James H. Seckinger, as updated and upgraded by Edward R. Stein and Frank D. Rothschild.
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Table of Contents
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULL TRIALS
TIMELINE OF KEY EVENTS
Sheriff Altair Khouri
Dr. Emery Celli
Résumé of Dr.
Mary L. Dixon
Robert L. Wilson
Morgan F. Crowe
Carter J. Berman
REPORTAND CURRICULUM VITAEOF DR. UPCHURCH
NITA GENERAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS
Exhibit 1 Life Insurance Profile for Judge John J. Dixon
Exhibit 2 Application for Life Insurance
Exhibit 3 Life Insurance Policy No. 712089
Exhibit 4 Email from Robert Wilson with attached January 22, YR-1, Letter from
Providential Life Insurance Company to Mrs. Dixon
Exhibit 5 Hard copy of January 22, YR-1, Letter from Providential Life Insurance
Company to Mrs. Dixon
Exhibit 5A Check from Providential Life Insurance Company
to Mrs. Dixon
Exhibit 6 January 25, YR-1, Email from Mrs. Dixon to Providential Life Insurance
Exhibit 7 September 17, YR-2, Letter from Carter Berman to Judge Dixon
Exhibit 8 September 25, YR-2, Letter from Judge Dixon to Carter Berman
Exhibit 9 October 23, YR-2, Email from Carter Berman to Judge Dixon
Exhibit 10 Diagram of Shotgun
Exhibit 11 Diagram of Skull Prepared by Dr. Celli
Exhibit 12 Diagram of Dixon House
Exhibit 13 Diagram of Dixon Study
Exhibit 14 Email from R. Wilson to N. Crowe
Exhibit 15 Email from Tom Gross to employees of Pine Weaver Investments
Exhibit 16 Photograph of Judge Dixon Taken the Summer before His Death
Exhibits 17–25 Photographs Taken by Altair Khouri at the Death Scene
Exhibits 26–29 Photographs Taken by Altair Khouri after the Investigation at the
Exhibit 30 Email Chain between Judge Dixon and "Tracy"
Exhibit 31 Email from Judge Dixon to "Sarah"
Exhibit 32 Browser History
Exhibit 33 911 Transcript
Exhibit 34 Text Chain from Altair Khouri’s Cell Phone
Exhibit 35 Death Certificate
Exhibit 36 Autopsy Report