Bond set for Dan Street intruder

Published 10:52 am Thursday, June 22, 2023

A bond hearing was held for Earnestine Dixon Wednesday afternoon in Prentiss City Court. Dixon was charged with burglary, home invasion, aggravated assault and kidnapping after an incident June 18 on Dan Street.

Prentiss City Judge Albert Turnage set Dixon’s bond at $25,000. She is still in the Jefferson Davis County jail.

Prentiss Police officers were called to a home on Dan Street last Sunday morning with reports of assault and breaking and entering. 

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Ella Keisman Lane was reading inside her den when around 9:30 a.m., she looked up and a black female was standing in front of her.

Lane says the female, later identified as Earnestine Dixon, believed she was in her own home and asked Lane to leave.

Dixon shoved Lane outside and locked the door. Inside with Dixon was Lane’s special needs son, who was in his bedroom.

Lane grabbed the spare key and called 911 before entering the home. Once back inside, Dixon grabbed a shoe and beat Lane over the head repeatedly.

She shoved Lane back outside again, and barricaded the door with a chair holding hostage the vulnerable adult inside.  Lane stayed outside this time and waited for officers while she watched Dixon through the window. She says Dixon removed her hat, shoes and jacket, and “made herself at home.”

Dixon was arrested after some resistance once Prentiss officers arrived and found her inside the home.  “I am glad we were able to get there quickly before Ms. Lane and her son were seriously injured,” said Prentiss Police Chief Richard Browning.