One of the most brutal cases in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. before Judge Kelly Cottrill.
The panel of jurors has been selected for 34-year-old LaFonse Dixon, the man accused in the gruesome murder of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman of Canton, Ohio. On August 26th 2012, a driver found Fronsman on State Route 208 near Adamsville, she was covered in burns and had a strap around her neck. She died from her injuries two days later.
An appeal by Muskingum County Prosecutors Office to not retry a woman convicted of drowning her two young sons is denied by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court sided with an appeals court to allow the retrial of 27-year-old Kasey Klein. The State Appeals Court ruled in January that the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court wrongly denied a defense effort to have Kasey and her husband Richard Klein Junior's case tried separately.
A Zanesville man pleads guilty to rape and kidnapping.
Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court 44-year-old James Rhodman admitted to both charges. The incident happened in June of this year.
Judge Kelly Cottrill classified Rhodman as a Tier III sex offender, which means he must register every 90 days for life. Judge Cottrill also ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Bond is continued at $500,000.
The father of one of the boys who went missing in the Muskingum River last summer has pled guilty to an unrelated sex charge.
30-year-old John Tullius pled guilty to gross sexual imposition Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. In return for his guilty plea two rape charges and one gross sexual imposition charge will be dropped at sentencing. He will be classified as a Tier II sex offender. Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
A Philo man was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for multiple felony charges.
35-year-old Jason Thompson had previously pled guilty to seven charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Monday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, Thompson received the four-year-sentence from Judge Kelly Cottrill.
Judge Cottrill also ordered Thompson classified as a Tier II sex offender once he is released. That means he must register with authorities every 180 days...