Husband charged in wife’s murder

dickerson, leslie michaelMindy Dickerson was found dead in her Pulaski home in 2005




Almost nine years after she was found dead in her home, a Pulaski woman’s husband is charged with her murder.

Leslie “Les” Michael Dickerson, 35, was arrested in Texas Tuesday evening. He is accused of the January 2005 first-degree murder of Mindy Nicole Dickerson, according to a press release issued by Assistant Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington and Pulaski Police Department Capt. Anthony Meredith.

A Pulaski County grand jury returned the indictment Monday and it was sealed pending Dickerson’s arrest. He was picked up in Montgomery County, Texas on a fugitive warrant and is being held there pending extradition to Virginia.

The indictment alleges Dickerson killed his wife “with premeditation and malice aforethought” between Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. First-degree murder is a Class 2 felony, carrying a sentence of 20 years to life.

In an interview with The Southwest Times in 2006, Mindy Dickerson’s mother said Les Dickerson called her Jan. 27, 2005 to report that he had just found Mindy dead. An earlier report indicated Les was in Richmond at the time of her death.

The 2006 newspaper report stated a search warrant for the couple’s home at 426 First St. indicated Mindy was found dead on her bed. She had scratches on her face, neck, mouth, nose and knees; and “red stains of an unknown origin in her hair,” according to the search warrant.

Police also received search warrants to obtain hair and blood samples from Les Dickerson and Michelle Lynn Smith. The Southwest Times report indicated Les Dickerson and Smith had married and moved to Payton, Texas. His address is now listed as Spring, Texas.

The 2006 report states that Mindy filed several criminal complaints in Pulaski County courts in 2004 alleging she was receiving harassing calls and text messages from a woman who claimed to be having a relationship with her husband. One complaint indicated the woman sent her a message saying, “Fear the silence. That’s when I get you.”

The identity of the woman was not reported due to the fact the charges were dismissed after Mindy’s death. Police said Mindy never reported any harassment to them.



27 Responses to Husband charged in wife’s murder

  1. michael sheppard

    January 19, 2014 at 1:41 am

    In the State of Texas a felon can get a real estate license if they go in front of the board and get approval.

  2. P.Mason

    January 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Something I left out of previous post. The medical examiner deal just dont seem right. Are they so busy that they mix things up, careless, on the take, friend of the family or just incompetant? Has to fall into one category ive listed.

    • Va Girl

      January 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

      When I lived in Tampa, Florida in the 70’s to mid 80’s some poor old man went to the hospital to have a leg amputated because he had diabetes…and they cut off the WRONG LEG! So, accidents certainly happen.

      In the case of brain tissues maybe it was labelled incorrectly before it got to the person who tested it, but that is just my guess.

  3. Wonder

    January 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I wonder if Mindy’s family has had contact with her son. A second tragedy would be to have lost him to his father as well,

  4. Curious

    January 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    So, where is the 2nd wife, Michelle Lynn Smith?

    • p.mason

      January 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

      she lives in Roanoke, Va

  5. Commentator

    January 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Michelle is still around VA. She is on the VA-court system site with charges from 2013. I think she’s key to this. Who marries the woman that threatened their dead wife? He is cruel to have denied her family access to their daughter’s son! Who does that?!?!

  6. Christy Guy

    January 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Does anyone know if this is Michelle? This is what came up when searching for Michelle Dickerson Roanoke. It could just be someone else though… Can anyone verify?!/stangchyk?fref=ts

    • reader

      January 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that’s her. If you scroll down her page she posted a link to an article about this and comments something along the lines of you “you never truly know people”.

      My guess is she knew all about it, and was possibly involved as well. I hope justice is finally served for this family.

  7. Christy Guy

    January 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

    After reading these comments, I paid the money to verify with the National Student Clearinghouse that Les did in fact NOT ever attend VT. The response from them:

    “We asked the school to research your request because the information you provided did not match any of our records. The school was unable to locate either a degree or enrollment record for the subject of your verification request. ”

    There you go. Sounds like Les may lie about a lot of things.

    • No one important

      January 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      For someone just commenting on a article u sure are doing a lot of research. Dont you think its a little strange for someone to go pay money to do research on someone in the paper.

  8. Commentator

    January 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t get the Facebook link to work. I ‘d be happy to verify, but it takes me straight to FB.

  9. countrygal

    January 26, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    In response to M. Sheppard, I also worked with Les and Mindy at Wal-Mart and while yes they both did seem to be happy and sweet, if you actually spent any time with them you knew different. Mindy was very sweet and funny and loyal to Les. Les on the other hand always seemed kind, but once you got to know him you would have known he was a man that thought he was better than anyone, he treated women like they were objects and he felt that way as well, he had no respect or concern for anyone other than himself. He is a great looking guy and a smooth talker which is why women flocked to him, but he was never loyal and never honest and has no problems joking about that behind closed doors. As far as someone else commenting on his work ethic, I agree there as well he was a hard worker, or at least made it look that way. I hope Mindys family finally gets some answers, I think of them often and pray for some healing that they very much deserve.

  10. Anonymous

    January 28, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    My question is, if there was a restraining order and threats against Michelle why isn’t she arrested as well? This whole thing seems weird. I feel horrible for poor mindy for not being able to rest her soul in peace.

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