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Trial to begin in woman's gruesome burning death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A trial is set to begin Friday for an Ohio man accused in the gruesome killing of a woman found covered in burns and wailing in agony on the side of a rural road.

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

On Aug. 26, 2012, a driver found Fronsman on a road northeast of Zanesville in eastern Ohio. She had been raped and burned and had a strap around her neck. She died two days later.

Two women arrested with Dixon have pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and agreed to testify against him to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutors have declined to discuss a motive in the killing, saying they didn't want to compromise the prosecutions.

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