DECEMBER 16, 2004 -- Investigators say UNC-Wilmington student Curtis Dixon made a twisted but sudden decision to kill classmate Jessica Faulkner in May.
He invited her to his room in Cornerstone Hall, he says, to give her a present. Faulkner and Dixon had been friends at one time, but Faulkner told friends she thought Dixon was growing increasingly creepy. When Faulkner came to Dixon's room, he hit her over the head with a club.
"He stated he had the opportunity and time to think, 'I could give her the gift or pick up and use the weapon'. And it was his choice to pick up and use the weapon," said UNCW Detective Charlie Willis.
After that, authorities say, Dixon strangled Faulkner, raped her and injected her with a numbing drug. He then put her body in his bed until the next morning. That's when Faulkner's father got a chilling phone call from Dixon, telling him he had murdered his daughter.
After the phone call, Dixon surrendered to police, confessed and re-enacted the crime. He told investigators his weapons were actually intended to kill Faulkner's boyfriend in Raleigh.
After listening to authorities describe the murder, Faulkner's mother, Desiree Randolph, recalled her last conversation with Jessica.
"I spoke to her for a long time on the phone the night before she was to come home, and she was bubbling over with joy. I missed her so much and couldn't wait to see her," Faulkner's mother said through tears at the news conference.