On May 5, 2004, Jessica Lee Faulkner was found dead in a dorm room. Curtis Dixon had an end-of-school party the previous night with Jessica and several other students. After the party, Curtis told Jessica he had a gift for her. But once they were alone, he beat, strangled, drugged, raped, and tied the 18-year-old to his bed for the night. When he woke in the morning and saw that Jessica had died, he called her father to tell him what he had done.