By MELINDA WILLIAMS
MARSHALL, Texas – The former Pulaski resident charged with murder in the 2005 death of his wife was on probation in Texas at the time of his arrest.
According to records on file with Harrison County (Texas) District Clerk’s Office, Leslie Michael “Les” Dickerson is on probation until March 3, 2016 on a charge of theft of between $20,000 and $100,000. The court deferred a finding of guilt in the case in March 2009, but placed Dickerson on seven years of probation, records show.
Dickerson was living at 29811 Buffalo Canyon Drive in Spring, Texas when he was arrested by Texas authorities Jan. 14 on a fugitive from justice warrant. That warrant stemmed from a first-degree murder indictment handed down a day earlier by a Pulaski County grand jury.
The indictment alleges Dickerson killed Mindy Nicole Dickerson “with premeditation and malice aforethought” between Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 2005. First-degree murder is a Class 2 felony, carrying a sentence of 20 years to life.
Dickerson is being held without bond in a Montgomery County, Texas jail pending extradition to Pulaski.
According to a 2006 story in The Southwest Times, Mindy Dickerson was found dead on her bed in the couple’s home at 426 First St. Jan. 27. 2005. She had scratches on her face, neck, mouth, nose and knees; and “red stains of an unknown origin in her hair,” according to a search warrant filed at the time.
Police also received search warrants to obtain hair and blood samples from Les Dickerson and Michelle Lynn Smith, who Dickerson later married. The couple moved to Texas after being married, The Southwest Times reported.
Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brady Fitzgerald recently told The Courier newspaper in Texas that deputies responded to two family violence calls at the Buffalo Canyon residence in 2006 and 2007.