After nearly an hour long interrogation, 25-year-old James Dixon admitted he felt his “manhood” was threatened after trying to approach Islan Nettles only to later realize Nettles was transgender.
According to reports, Dixon attempted to downplay his interaction with Nettles claiming he simply had “some words” with the victim, and didn’t remember the conversation verbatim until now retired NYPD Det. Thaddeus Hall pressed him on his version of events.
“There’s something that leads up to the altercation … so what transpired?” Hall questioned. “Did you try to holler at her?”
Dixon begrudgingly admitted he did, and was later embarrassed when his friend instructed him Nettles was a man. The realization is what later led to Dixon brutally beating Nettles. Dixon said he had been fooled just days before by another transgender woman and was subsequently “clowned” by his friends.
“I just didn’t want to be fooled,” Dixon said during the interrogation which was played in a Manhattan Supreme Court Friday (April 1)
The vicious beating took place at about 12:20AM, August 17, 2013 in front a police precinct. The investigation was placed on hold when law enforcement unknowingly apprehended Paris Wilson, only later realizing he wasn’t the one to blame.
After the assault, Dixon fled the scene. After learning Wilson was taking the fall for his crime, Dixon turned himself in. Dixon, who turned down a 12 year prison sentence if he admitted guilt, later told investigators he went into a “blind fury” when he attacked Nettles and didn’t know the extent of his actions.
If convicted, he faces 25 years behind bars.