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Bond denied for suspect charged with murdering missing Aiken County man

Shakel Dixon
Shakel Dixon(WRDW)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:01 PM EDT
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NEW ELLENTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A New Ellenton man charged in the death of a missing man will remain jailed after bond was denied today.

Shakel Dixon, 22, is facing multiple charges, including kidnapping and murder, in the death of 20-year-old Derrick Jai Curry of Graniteville who has been missing since May 1, 2019.

Curry’s remains still have not been recovered, prosecutors said during Thursday’s hearing.

Prosecutors say phone records and testimonies led investigators to determine that Dixon shot and killed Curry on the night of April 30, 2019.

According to prosecutors, the contents of a phone call states Dixon and co-defendant Denzell Deshawn Jackson dumped the victim’s body in an unknown location.

Derrick Jai Curry
Derrick Jai Curry(Aiken County Sheriff's Office)

Dixon is one of four suspects charged in Curry’s disappearance and death. He turned himself into police on May 13, 2019, after being named a person of interest in Curry’s case.

He’s been held at the Aiken County detention center for 758 days and continues to maintain his innocence, Dixon’s attorney said at the hearing.

Judge Alex Kinlaw ultimately denied Dixon bond, citing that he is a flight risk and threat to the community.

Dixon’s isn’t expected to be tried until August. He faces life plus 38 years for his charges.

Authorities have continued to urge anyone with any information on Curry’s case to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803)642-1761 or submit a tip to midlandscrimestoppers .com.

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