Stories tagged with: Katrina Culberson

November 6, 2013 - 7:54pm
2 years 33 weeks ago

On Wednesday, Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge Kelly Cottrill sentenced 22-year-old Katrina Culberson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In September of 2012, Culberson pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson in the murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman.  Culberson, Monica Washington and LaFonse Dixon kidnapped Fronsman in Canton the morning of  Aug. 26, 2012 and burned her alive after beating her and leaving her...

October 17, 2013 - 1:12pm
2 years 35 weeks ago

After hours of deliberation, a jury found LaFonse Dixon guilty on all charges in the death of Celeste Fronsman.

With no family present in the courtroom, Dixon stood unfazed and unemotional as clerk of courts Todd Bickle read off the charges and verdicts to the court just before 10 a.m. on Thursday. The jury of 5 men and 7 women deliberated for over 5 hours on Wednesday after the prosecution and defense gave strong closing arguments. The jurors returned Thursday morning at 9 a.m....

October 16, 2013 - 9:44pm
2 years 36 weeks ago

After six days of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, the fate of LaFonse Dixon is in the hands of the jury.

Assistant Prosecutor Ron Welch opened closing arguments with a photo of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman before she was set ablaze on Aug. 26, 2012 in Muskingum County. He then played a slideshow of what she looked like after Katrina Culberson, Monica Washington and allegedly LaFonse Dixon burned her alive. Welch asked the jury to close their eyes and...

October 15, 2013 - 3:37pm
2 years 36 weeks ago

After calling only two witnesses to the stand, the defense in the LaFonse Dixon aggravated murder trial rested its case in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

The prosecution rested its case just after 10:30 a.m. The defense then brought in an EMT who arrived on scene and treated Celeste Fronsman the day she was found burned alive in Muskingum County. Defense attorney Isabella Dixon asked EMT Angela Wortman if Fronsman was able to tell her her name. Wortman said "no....

October 14, 2013 - 6:02pm
2 years 36 weeks ago

The man who found the burned body of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman last year took the stand on Monday in the trial of LaFonse Dixon.

Mark Bretz was one of five witnesses who testified in court on Monday. Bretz recalled the day he found Fronsman in the middle of State Route 208 on Aug. 26. 2012 and said at first glance, he thought she was a deer. He said once he slowed down, Fronsman, naked and charred, threw herself on top of his truck pleading for help. He said while it was...

October 11, 2013 - 10:57am
2 years 36 weeks ago

 As the murder trial of Lafonse Dixon continues in Common Pleas Court, Monica Washington spent time on the stand Friday morning. 

Washington explained to the jury she met Dixon by getting drugs and Celeste Fronsman and Katrina Culberson from prostituting on the streets of Canton. 

She also told the court about the morning of August 26, 2012 and how she placed the child locks on the vehicle, using it to kidnap Fronsman. 

She explained her part in beating...

October 10, 2013 - 5:35pm
2 years 36 weeks ago

It's three days into the trial of LaFonse Dixon, the man accused of helping murder 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, the Canton woman found burned alive in Muskingum County. Over 10 witnesses have already taken the stand, with six of them testifying on Tuesday. The first to testify was Howard Cammon. He told the jury Dixon, Katrina Culberson and a friend of theirs were searching for Fronsman prior to her death.

"They come through the house looking you know in my bedroom...

October 9, 2013 - 7:06pm
2 years 37 weeks ago

After making a plea deal to avoid the death penalty, 22-year-old Canton prostitute Katrina Culberson agreed to cooperate and testify against LaFonse Dixon, her former boyfriend and drug dealer who is charged with aggrevated murder, kidnapping and aggrevated arson in the death a 29-year-old Canton woman named Celeste Fronsman.

Culberson took the stand just after 9 a.m. And she stayed there for hours. In her own words she explained to the jury the weeks leading up to Aug. 26, 2012, where...

October 8, 2013 - 5:02pm
2 years 37 weeks ago

The trial of LaFonse Dixon started Tuesday, almost 14 months after the burning body of a Canton woman was found on State Route 208 in Muskingum County.

The 34-year-old defendant from Canton has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder with two specifications, kidnapping and aggravated arson. Prosecutor Mike Haddox began his opening statement with a photo of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, who was found beaten, strangled and burned alive August 26, 2012. She died two days later. He said...

September 19, 2012 - 5:21am
3 years 40 weeks ago

A suspect in the murder of a 29-year-old Canton woman will go before a judge, Wednesday.

33-year-old Lafonse Dixon, of Canton, will enter his plea to one count each of aggravated murder with two death specifications, kidnapping and aggravated arson.

He also faces other charges in the death of Celeste Fronsman.

Authorities believe that Dixon along with 24-year-old Monica Washington and 20-year-old Katrina Culberson took part in the death of Fronsman, who was found...

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