Husband of Atlanta area woman whose body was dumped on a southern Illinois road arrested across the country in Washington and charged in her death
Father-of-three Luther ‘Luke’ Henderson of Roswell who ‘murdered his wife then dumped her body on an Illinois road’ was arrested in Seattle on Saturday
Henderson was taken into custody in the Pacific Northwest two weeks after he went on the run after allegedly shooting dead his wife and dumping her body 500 miles away from their Atlanta home
Henderson, 39, is charged with felony murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, Tykeisha Dixon, 33, on May 6
Atlanta police allege Henderson fatally shot Dixon in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, two days before her body was found on rural road 20 miles from St. Louis on May 8
On May 10, couple’s car was located in Chicago area, but the husband was missing
Henderson currently held in Washington State awaiting extradition to Georgia
An Atlanta area man suspected of fatally shooting his wife was arrested near Seattle on Saturday two weeks after her body was found just outside of St. Louis, according to police.
Luther ‘Luke’ Henderson, 39, was taken into custody by authorities in the Pacific Northwest after law enforcement officials in Georgia issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony murder charge.
Henderson was last seen with his wife, 33-year-old Tykeisha Dixon, on May 6 as they were leaving their home in Roswell, Georgia where their three sons were being watched by a babysitter, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Police said Dixon’s body was found two days later on the side of a road in Edwardsville, Illinois, a college town that lies about 20 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Tykeisha Dixon’s body was found in a college town in Illinois, more than 500 miles from Roswell, on May 8.
Two days later, the couple’s blue Chrysler 200 was located near Chicago but Henderson was still missing. On May 22, Henderson was arrested by police across the country near Seattle. The couple is not known to have had any connection to the Washington area.
According to investigators in Atlanta, Dixon was shot sometime on May 6. Police believe that the shooting took place in the Old Fourth Ward section of Atlanta. Henderson and Dixon were believed to have been traveling to pick up Henderson’s daughter at a nearby Taco Bell that night.
Atlanta police believe Dixon was shot sometime May 6 near the intersection of North Avenue and Parkway Drive in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. A Roswell police report says the newlyweds went to pick up Henderson’s daughter at a Taco Bell in the area that night.
The girl told her uncle “that while they were in the car together, Henderson took Dixon’s cellphone and threw it out the car, breaking it, somewhere on North Ave. in Atlanta.”
The report said “Henderson’s cellphone was broken as well.”
Atlanta police were notified by law enforcement officials in the Greater St. Louis area that the couple’s car – a blue Chrysler 200 – was found near Chicago on May 10. Henderson, however, was still missing.
Explaining the warrant issued by Atlanta police for the fugitive, Detective Jamael Logan said, ‘I did a canvass at the area that Tykeisha and Luther were last seen in, and with the help of witnesses, phone records and surveillance cameras, I was able to develop enough probable cause to charge Luther Henderson with the death of Tykeisha Dixon’.
Henderson remains in Washington State where he is awaiting extradition to Georgia to face charges.
Dixon’s brother, Talaris Adams, told AJC that the family was devastated by his sister’s death.
‘She was a very caring, loving person,’ Adams said.
‘She never met a stranger and her smile literally lit up the room. If you weren’t her friend before she first met you, you would be by the end of the night.
‘She just loved people and she didn’t deserve what happened to her, at all.’
A memorial service in Dixon’s honor was held on Friday. Her family launched a crowdfunding effort on GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses as well as costs related to caring for her three sons ages 10 to 16.