Kevin Dixon, 18, of Warren, appears Dec. 5 before Judge Matthew Sabaugh in the 37th District Court, where he stands accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of India Elise Mackey.

Kevin Dixon, 18, of Warren, appears Dec. 5 before Judge Matthew Sabaugh in the 37th District Court, where he stands accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of India Elise Mackey.

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Suspect remains jailed in shooting death

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 6, 2019

 Friends and family members of India Elise Mackey, 20, of Saginaw, attended a probable cause conference for the man accused of her murder. The hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 16.

Friends and family members of India Elise Mackey, 20, of Saginaw, attended a probable cause conference for the man accused of her murder. The hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 16.

Photo by Brian Louwers

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WARREN — India Elise Mackey was fatally shot in a van parked in a Warren neighborhood on Nov. 19. Investigators said she recorded her alleged killer with her phone a short time before the shot was fired.

Kevin Dixon, 18, went back before a judge Dec. 5 in the 37th District Court, where he faces charges of first-degree murder and felony weapons. At the request of defense attorney Susan Dunn, a probable cause conference was delayed as attorneys continue to acquire and review potential evidence in the case, including the video, reportedly recorded by Mackey, 20, of Saginaw, as the pair argued in the van parked at Dixon’s home on Shirley Avenue, near 10 Mile and Hayes roads.

Warren police and Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith said the video clip of the events leading up to the shooting shows Dixon making threats and loading a handgun.

Dunn declined to offer further comment on the case after the hearing in front of Judge Matthew Sabaugh. Dixon was ordered held in the Macomb County Jail without bond ahead of the rescheduled court date, now set for Jan. 16. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

The hearing was attended by many of Mackey’s friends and family members.

“She was a beautiful person. She had a beautiful soul. She uplifted many people and brought the good out of everybody,” said Breeze Henke, 22, of Pontiac. “There wasn’t one person she didn’t bring the good out of, and he took that from her. It hurts us every day. Literally every day, it eats us up that she’s gone.”

After Dixon’s hearing was adjourned, the judge heard from attorneys in the case filed against his mother, Nikita Lanise Dixon, 42. She stands accused of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact to a felony. The charges were brought as a result of the Warren Police Department investigation into the shooting, and Nikita Dixon was taken into custody at the courthouse before her son’s arraignment on Nov. 21. She faces up to five years in prison.

Her attorney, Byron Pitts, declined to comment on the case. Sabaugh did agree to lower her bail amount from $100,000 cash to $25,000, but Nikita Dixon would be required to wear a GPS tether if she is released before her next court date, also on Jan. 16.

Warren police were dispatched to the 14800 block of Shirley at about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 after a resident reported hearing a gunshot. The caller also reportedly told police that a white van was seen leaving the area after the shot was heard.

The van was observed driving erratically near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. Police from Eastpointe and Detroit made contact with the driver, Kevin Dixon, and reportedly found Mackey in the front passenger seat with a gunshot wound to her right side. Kevin Dixon allegedly told officers at the scene that Mackey shot herself at his home in Warren. When questioned later by Warren detectives, he allegedly said that Mackey became curious about the gun and was shot by accident.

Mackey was declared dead at the scene after the van was stopped in Eastpointe.

Warren police sought a murder warrant as a result of their investigation.

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