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Murder suspect: "I'm guilty"


A man accused of murdering a Toombs County first grade teacher wrapped up his first appearance in court by telling the judge "I'm as guilty as it gets.".

Simon Dixon aka Simon Dixon Mitchell faces murder and related charges in the stabbing death Wednesday night of 24-year-old Robin Matthews, a teacher at Lyons Primary School.

Vidalia police told WTOC Mitchell is seen in security footage from Walmart's parking lot approaching Matthews Wednesday evening, then getting in her car. Minutes later, 911 received a call of someone dead of stab wounds in a car on Old Vidalia Lyons Road off Highway 292.

Police say they arrested Mitchell near the scene, but continue to search for the murder weapon.

Mitchell had been released from prison in January after serving eight years for aggravated assault with intent to commit sodomy. According to police, he attacked an employee of Video Warehouse back in 2006.

Prosecutors said he could soon face additional charges of failure to register as a sex offender as well as other charges related to Matthews' death.

Despite his statement in court, prosecutors said they can't build a case around it.

"As far as that statement, it won't be part of our case," said District Attorney Hayward Altman. "The investigation by police, sheriff's office, GBI continues."

Mitchell will remain in jail, at least until his next appearance in court. Matthews was a Toombs County native, a 2008 graudate of Toombs County High School and a first year teacher.

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