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Killer Confesses in Court
Thursday, 29 May 2014

May 29--  A state probationer accused of killing of a Toombs County teacher Wednesday confessed at his first appearance hearing Thursday afternoon in Toombs County Superior Court.


Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight escorts Mitchell to court.

Thirty-year-old Simon Dixon Mitchell told Judge Bobby Reeves he had no need for an attorney because he was guilty of stabbing 24-year-old Robin Lynn Matthews of Normantown in her car on the Old Vidalia-Lyons Road just west of the Ed Smith Recreation Complex.

"I'm guilty, just as guilty as can be," he said.

Police have surveillance video of Mitchell entering the woman's car in the Vidalia Walmart parking lot.  Police Chief Frank Wait's said thirteen minutes later a 911 call was received and officers were dispatched and found Mitchell at the crime scene.


Mitchell got out of jail on probation in January after serving eight years of a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy, obstructing a person making an emergency call and public indecency.

The convictions grew out an incident which occurred in January, 2006 at Video Warehouse in Vidalia when Mitchell attacked a woman named Terrie Lynn Cook with a hammer.

Regardless of his courtroom confession, District Attorney Hayward Altman will seek a murder indictment against Mitchell and provide him due process in the court system.

"It just means we'll process it like any other case.  It will be presented to a grand jury for indictment and will come to trial within six to 18 months just like any other case," the DA said.

Friday Altman reported charges against Mitchell include murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, failure to register as a sex offender and possession of a knife during commission of a crime.

Investigators found the knife Mitchell used late Thursday after he told them where to look across the road from the crime scene.

ImageRobin Matthews had just completed her first year of teaching first grade at Lyons Primary School.  

School officials said she was pursuing a Master's Degree at Armstrong in Savannah and was a valuable asset to the students and staff at Lyons Primary.

A statement from the school system said, "Robin loved her students and worked daily to ensure they were successful.  She will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are sent to her family and friends." 

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