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Derrick Dixon, of El Dorado, was sentenced to life in prison plus 110 years Wednesday for the 2015 murder of Cordario Floyd.

The two-day trial concluded Wednesday, where Dixon was found guilty of first-degree murder, which included an additional firearm enhancement, first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Dixon has prior felonies on his record, making him a habitual offender.

“We certainly feel like the jury came back with the right verdict in this case and justice was served for the two victims,” said John Thomas Shepherd, 13th judicial district prosecuting attorney. “The sentences were fair and just for the types of crimes that were committed. (Union County deputy prosecutors) Jeff Rogers and Carla Gibson did an excellent job preparing for the trial.”

On Sept. 2, 2015, El Dorado police responded to 603 Bruster St. in reference to a person on the front porch of the residence who had been shot.

Upon arrival, the officer saw Floyd laid over in a chair with a gunshot wound to the head. Floyd was transported to the Medical Center of South Arkansas where he was pronounced dead.

A second victim, Jaterrance Hamilton, was shot in the neck and transported by private vehicle to MCSA, where he survived.

During the investigation, Dixon was identified as the suspect and was taken into custody.

Previously, Dixon’s ex-wife was murdered the year after they divorced. Rashad G. Morgan was charged with the February 2014 murder and there is no evidence that the two cases are linked.

Kaitlyn Rigdon can be reached at 870-862-6611 or

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