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 (http://ohne.ws/1e5ZxlR ) 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, http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com