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One of three suspects in burning and murder of woman pleads guilty

Wire • Mar 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Monica Washington, one of three people charged in the August murder of Celeste Fronsman, has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson in Muskingum County.

Prosecutor Mike Haddox removed the death-penalty specification in exchange for her plea on Monday. Fronsman, 29, of Canton, was found on Aug. 26 naked and severely burned from head to toe, pleading for help by a man driving near a wooded area northeast of Zanesville. She died two days later at the Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Washington, along with LaFonse Dixon and Katrina Culberson, all three from the Canton area, were arrested and indicted a month later, all charged with aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, kidnapping and aggravated arson. Dixon also faces additional counts of conspiracy to kidnapping and conspiracy to murder.

Culberson accepted a similar plea agreement in September.

Sentencing for both will take place after Dixon’s case concludes. His trial is scheduled to begin July 19.


By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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