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Witnesses say woman from Canton named attackers before dying

Associated Press

ZANESVILLE: Both sides have rested their case in the trial of one of three people charged in the death of a woman found beaten and burned on an eastern Ohio road.

The Zanesville Times Recorder reports that defense attorneys for LaFonse Dixon called only two witnesses to the stand before resting their case Tuesday in Zanesville.

Dixon has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and arson in the death of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman of Canton.

An EMT called by the defense testified that Fronsman said only one name clearly the morning of Aug. 26, 2012, as she was being transported to the hospital.

The EMT said Fronsman said the name K.C. Culberson.

Culberson and Monica Washington, both of Canton, earlier pleaded guilty in Fronsman’s death and agreed to testify against Dixon.

The trial is to resume today.

On Monday, the driver who found Fronsman, badly burned and wailing on the road, testified about the shocking sight.

Mark Bretz tearfully told jurors Fronsman was beaten and scorched but provided at least two names when he asked who hurt her.

Bretz said one of those was Dixon.

Dixon’s attorneys questioned why Bretz wrote down another name for investigators but not Dixon’s. Bretz said he thought one name would be enough of a lead.


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