Cell phone seized in connection with unsolved 2012 Abilene homicide


ABILENE, Texas - A new lead in the 2012 murder of Dan Nickerson, Jr. has led to the seizure of a cell phone after a search warrant was executed Nov. 20.

Earlier this month, three warrants were executed in connection to the Nickerson homicide investigation.

Nickerson, known as Barbeque Dan, was killed in June of 2012. Nickerson was found by a passerby in an alley.

According to the search warrant obtained by KTXS, the cell phone seized belongs to Laytonya Webster.

Webster was interviewed by Abilene police after her phone was seized.

According to the affidavit, she admitted to communicating with her boyfriend and alleged murder suspect, Anthony Luna.

Luna was arrested Oct. 16, 2012 for stabbing Charles Sample. Both Luna and Sample are known drug dealers to Abilene police.

Court documents state that Sample told police that prior to the assault, Luna mentioned killing "Barbeque Dan" and acted paranoid during their conversation. Police believe the assault was "a direct result of Nickerson's murder," documents state.

Court documents indicate that Webster was interviewed by APD on two separate occasions but was believed to be deceptive and diverting most of the questions.

On Nov. 16, 2017, Webster was served a grand jury subpoena and agreed to answer questions.

She then admitted to recently communicating with Luna who was using an unknown cell phone while incarcerated in the Smith Unit. Documents say Luna also later admitted to State Police that he had been using an illegal cell phone during incarceration.

Documents say that based on the relationship between Luna and Webster, it is likely they would share information.

Police believe Webster's phone includes "information directly related to the death of Mr. Nickerson," according to court documents.

The phone is believed to contain the following items possibly "containing evidence of murder:"

- Incoming/ outgoing calls

- Address book

- Text messages

- Email messages

- Photographs, video and audio recordings

No arrests have been made in this case.