Theron Duncan Houghton, MI Obituary: Victim identified in fatal Houghton bar shooting

Theron Duncan Houghton, MI Obituary: Victim identified in fatal Houghton bar shooting.

At the suspect’s arraignment on Friday, the man’s name who was slain in Monday’s shooting in downtown Houghton was made public.

Theron Duncan, 53, of Houghton was shot and died in the restroom of the Douglass House Saloon on Monday night, according to investigators.

Evan Dixon, the 59-year-old man accused of the shooting, was not granted bail at his hearing in 97th District Court on Friday. Dixon addressed Judge Nicholas J. Daavettila via Zoom while he was incarcerated in the Houghton County Jail.

“This matter is scheduled for an arraignment on a felony complaint,” Judge Daavettila said. “Which alleges that on or about November 13th, 2023, the city of Houghton, Houghton County, state of Michigan, that under count one, you did deliberately, with intent to kill, and with premeditation, kill and murder one Theron Duncan.”

The reason is yet unknown. Dixon is accused of one count of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of having a firearm while committing a felony. If found guilty, both counts carry a life sentence. At the reading of the claims in court, Dixon started crying.

Dixon practices law in Houghton with a license. He said he couldn’t afford legal representation in court. The defense is being handled by Tri-County Public Defenders.

On the Zoom call, Dixon’s lawyer, David Gemignani, stated that his office is searching for outside legal representation. This is because Gemignani was once Dixon’s friend and coworker.

Dixon will have a preliminary examination set up in the following twenty-one days. In honor of Duncan, a little memorial made of flowers and other objects is presently set outside the Douglass House.