Nichole Hannahs

Testimony In Dixon Death Penalty Phase

by Nichole Hannahs on October 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

The sentencing phase for convicted murderer Lafonse Dixon begins Tuesday morning. In testimony Dixon’s two younger brothers took the stand to plead for his life. They told the court he was a good father to his kids and kept them off the streets and out of trouble. The brothers said Lafonse was the father figure of their household since their dad died when they were young kids.  Dixon’s mother also testified that Lafonse had an older sister he looked up too, but she died in a house fire at 12-years-old.

Last week, the 34-year-old Dixon was found guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson in the 2012 death of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman.

The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for over five hours before reaching the verdict.

Dixon could face the death penalty. The sentencing phase of the case is expected to last two days.

Co-defendants Monica Washington and Katrina Culberson have already pleaded guilty and have testified against Dixon. They’ll receive life in prison for their cooperation.