Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?
He protested his innocence to the end, although a security video was said to show him pawning jewellery belonging to Garza about 20 minutes after the shooting.
Eight months after Reginald's death Sandie continues to plead his case.
In May 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixon’s conviction, stating that he should’ve been prosecuted on the lesser charge of misdemeanor statutory rape, which carries a maximum sentence of one year.
He walked out of prison on May 3, 2004, at age 19, a free man.
She directs me to the My Space page she ran on his behalf, detailing claims that the witnesses were coerced into making statements, that the forensic evidence didn't add up, that African Americans were excluded from the jury. When Sandie first returned from Texas, she couldn't sleep.
She kept picturing Reginald on a gurney, awaiting his lethal injection, his arms strapped down at right angles to his body.
I even wiped some sweat from his head.' At Sandie's home the maximum-security world of Texas's Polunsky Unit, where Reginald was incarcerated for eight years, seems a long way away.
The walls are adorned with pictures of kittens and family portraits of her children and grandson.
In an interview after his release, Dixon told The Oprah Show, “Freedom is great.
It’s unbelievable that I’m finally home after 14 months.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.