A McLennan County grand jury cleared Baylor All-American safety Ahmad Dixon of wrongdoing Wednesday morning in an incident in which he reportedly assaulted a man he thought stole his television set.
Dixon was arrested in September for Class A misdemeanor assault, but the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office did not file formal charges against Dixon, electing instead to have a grand jury review the case.
Prosecutor Mark Parker presented the case to a grand jury Wednesday morning. District Attorney Abel Reyna confirmed that the grand jury no-billed the 22-year-old Dixon.
Waco Police Detective Stacey Blair testified for about 10 minutes before the grand jury voted.
Grand jury proceedings are secret and Reyna declined to discuss why he chose to present a misdemeanor case to the grand jury, which almost exclusively returns felony indictments.
“It is not unique at all to present a case like this to the grand jury, especially in cases involving elected officials or high-profile situations,” Reyna said. “Ultimately, the grand jury is the conscience of the county and the representative body of the people of McLennan County. I believe they should have a say and it just provides another check to the system.”
Reyna declined to specifically discuss the evidence in the case.
“The grand jury was presented the full case, all the evidence we had before us, and we agree with and support the grand jury’s decision in this matter,” Reyna said.
Dixon’s attorney, Jonathan Sibley, and Baylor coach Art Briles said they are pleased with the outcome.
“We are happy with the grand jury’s decision and we appreciate the DA’s office considering all the factors involved in this case and presenting it to a grand jury,” Sibley said.
“I am pleased and happy for Ahmad that he has been exonerated and cleared of the charges,” Briles said. “I am happy that he can put that phase behind him and move on.”
Sibley also declined to discuss the allegations, but said there “were a lot of mitigating factors in this case and a lot of misinformation floating around about the allegations.” He did not elaborate.
According to police reports, a 21-year-old man reported to police in September that his cousin called him to a Waco apartment where Dixon and several others were playing video games.
The man told police Dixon accused him of breaking into Dixon’s apartment in the same complex several nights prior to that night. The victim denied it and then laughed, at which point Dixon allegedly punched the man in the face and head several times, police have said.
The man told police he did not report the alleged assault immediately because he claims Dixon threatened him and his family. The alleged victim had visible injuries, including bruises to his face and abrasions to his arm and elbow, police said.
Briles did not suspend Dixon, a senior and three-year starter, after the incident and he missed no games because of it.
The Associated Press named Dixon, a former Midway High School prep All-American, to its second-team All-America team Tuesday.
Dixon is averaging 5.8 tackles a game. He also has one interception and one fumble recovery this year.