Ohio jury convicts man in burned woman's slaying
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:49

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson in the death of a severely burned woman found wailing on an eastern Ohio road.

Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox said jurors in Zanesville convicted 34-year-old LaFonse Dixon on Thursday and will consider his sentence next week. The Canton man could face the death penalty.

Two women also charged pleaded guilty and testified against Dixon. They said the trio took 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman to rural Muskingum County, where she was set on fire and abandoned in August 2012. A driver found the Canton woman, and she died two days later.

Defense attorneys argued Dixon wasn't involved and that the women who testified were liars.

Multiple messages seeking comment were left Thursday for Dixon's attorney.

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