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Ohio jury convicts man in burned Canton woman's slaying

5:15 PM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson in the death of a severely burned Canton woman found wailing on an eastern Ohio road.

According to media reports, jurors in Zanesville convicted LaFonse Dixon, 34, of Canton, on Thursday and will consider his sentence next week.

He could face the death penalty. Two women also charged pleaded guilty and testified against Dixon.

They said the trio took Celeste Fronsman, 29, of Canton, 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 the prosecutor and Dixon's attorney.

Associated Press

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