Death penalty pursued over burned Ohioan's death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for a man on trial in the gruesome death of a badly burned woman found wailing in agony along a rural, eastern Ohio road.

The Zanesville Times Recorder ( ) reports it took more than a week to choose a jury for the potential capital punishment case, and opening arguments were expected Tuesday.

The defendant, 34-year-old LaFonse Dixon, has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and arson.

A driver found 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman northeast of Zanesville in August 2012. The Canton woman had been raped and burned and had a strap around her neck. She died two days later.

Two women arrested with Dixon pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Prosecutors have declined to discuss a motive in the killing.


Information from: Times Recorder,

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