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Man accused of killing Candace Pickens to appear in court Monday

Nathaniel Elijah Dixon is charged with murdering Candace Pickens, her unborn child and critically injuring her 3-year-old son. (Photo credit: VineLink)

An Asheville man charged with murdering a young mother is due in court Monday.

Police say 24-year-old Nathaniel Dixon shot and killed Candace Pickens, and critically injured her three-year-old son, in a North Asheville park last year.

Pickens was pregnant at the time of her murder. Dixon is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and child abuse.

If convicted, Dixon could face the death penalty.

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