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Alameda County District Attorney Moves to Dismiss Case in the Interest of Justice

OAKLAND -- Attorneys from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office today moved to dismiss the case People v Geneva Dixon on the grounds of Interests of Justice. Ms. Dixon was charged with Penal Code Section 187, involving the death of the father of her child, Mr. Norris Lewis. After an extensive post-charging investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, the determination has been made that the killing was done in self-defense during an assault by the decedent against the named defendant in this case. Much of the evidence ultimately reviewed, including 16 hours of video interviews, cell phone records and coroner’s report, was not available at the time of charging.

DA O’Malley said, “This decision was not made lightly. Our role as prosecutors is not simply to seek convictions, but to seek justice based on the law and the facts of the case. The criminal justice process is a search for the truth. After carefully reviewing all of the evidence, the decision to dismiss the case in the interests of justice is the correct one.”

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Dixon had been in a volatile relationship for approximately seven years. They have a child together. On November 22, 2011, Mr. Lewis went to Ms. Dixon’s apartment after she communicated her desire to end their relationship because their relationship involved domestic violence. During the encounter, Mr. Lewis strangled Ms. Dixon twice. Breaking free from his choking, Ms. Dixon got a steak knife from the kitchen and ordered Mr. Lewis to leave. He attacked her again and she stabbed him one time in the chest, in self-defense.

“Any loss of life due to violence is unacceptable. Too many families have been destroyed by domestic violence. In this case, two families are grieving as a result of domestic violence. We do not want this event to perpetuate further violence,“ DA O’Malley said.

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Posted on Feb 1, 2012