Monica Washington took the stand in court on Friday and testified that LaFonse Dixon should own up to his part in the murder of 29-year-old Canton woman, Celeste Fronsman, who was burned alive near State Route 208 in Muskingum County in August 2012.
With her family watching, 25-year-old Washington, who was once a college student with no prior criminal history, described to the jury that she met both Fronsman, who she considered a friend, and Culberson, who she had "a crack-fueled" relationship with, prostituting on the streets of Canton. And said she met Dixon through buying crack. She went through the details of the morning Fronsman was burned and how they strangled her.
Washington explained, "He (Dixon) umm.. Put it around her neck and I pulled on one end and Fonse pulled the other then we choked her with the strap until she was purple in the face."
When Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox asked Washington why the jury should believe her, she said she is there to own up to what she did and said she is not the "monster" she once was. She also asked Fronsman’s family to forgive her. During cross-examination Washington told the defense Dixon should own up to what he did.
"I’ve came to an understanding of what I’ve done was wrong. And to let them know that LaFonse Dixon was there. LaFonse Dixon had a part in what happened to Celeste Fronsman. LaFonse Dixon is not innocent and it’s time to ya know, man up and own up to it, your part of what happened," Washington told defense attorney Isabella Dixon.
Washington has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson. For her cooperation she will forgo the death penalty and will get life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Three other witnesses were called to the stand on Friday including a person who said a man that resembles Dixon was at the Circle K in Dresden where the three filled up before killing Fronsman. Two witnesses from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation also took the stand. One said Dixon’s fingerprints were not found in the Chevy Tahoe used to kidnap Fronsman. Court will continue on Monday morning.