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Man makes shocking confession to killing 1st-grade teacher

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Simon Dioxon (L)  Robin Matthews (R) Simon Dioxon (L) Robin Matthews (R)
TOOMBS COUNTY, GA - It’s a shocking confession. The accused killer of a first grade teacher in Lyons spontaneously admitting guilt in his first court appearance.

He wasn't required to say anything in his first appearance but Simon Dixon confessed anyway to killing 24 year old Robin Matthews of Lyons Primary School earlier this week.

Vidalia's Police Chief said he's never seen this happen in his 35 year career. A voluntary confession to murder in front of a judge after adamantly denying being her killer. In court Dixon said "I'm guilty. I'm as guilty as it gets."

Investigators continue searching the scene the night after 24 year old Robin Matthews was found dead in her car. It happened Wednesday night on Old Vidalia - Lyons Road, near the Vidalia Recreational Department.

Toombs County Coroner Ronald Hall says she suffered multiple stab wounds.

Simon Dixon is charged with her murder. Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits says they did not know each other. And until his first appearance he's denied killing her.

"The whole time he's been denying it, saying it was someone else. Maybe it just got heavy on him," Chief Waits said.

In a first appearance the charges are explained to the accused but no pleas are entered. Even after confessing, Dixon will still have to enter a plea at a later date. The plans of District Attorney for the Middle Judicial Circuit Hayward Altman have not changed.

"No matter what this defendant says, this case will proceed forward like any other case. There will be a presentation to the grand jury within 90 days. A trial will take place sometime in the future," District Attorney Altman said.

Altman and Waits both spoke with the Matthews family privately after court. They hope the legal system can help bring the family some closure.

"This is a very tragic event for this family. They are suffering greatly at this point," Chief Waits said.

The funeral for Matthews, who was married, will be 1:30pm Sunday at Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home at 310 North Street in Vidalia.  Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the funeral home. 

District Attorney Altman says additional charges are pending against Dixon. Those include Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, False Imprisonment and Failure to register as a Sex Offender.

We did some checking with the Georgia Department of Corrections. We found that Simon Dixon was released from prison back in January. He spent seven years behind bars for Aggravated Assault and Attempted Aggravated Sodomy. Those charges stem from an incident in Toombs County in 2006. 
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