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Ohio woman testifies in gruesome burning death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A woman who has pleaded guilty in the gruesome death of a badly burned woman found along an eastern Ohio road last year says she has no excuse for her actions.

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LaFonse Dixon Jr., left, sits in Muskingum County Common Please Court Wednesday Oct. 9, 2013, in Zanesville, Ohio. Dixon pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and arson in the killing of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman of Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Times Recorder, Trevor Jones)

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Katrina Culberson, one of the women who has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of Celeste Fronsman, looks at a piece of evidence in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in Zanesville, Ohio on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Culberson testified that the belt pictured was used to bind Fronsman. (AP Photo/Times Recorder,Trevor Jones )

The Zanesville Times Recorder (http://ohne.ws/1ace5fK) reports that Katrina Culberson described her tumultuous relationship with the victim on Wednesday during the death-penalty trial of LaFonse Dixon Jr.

A driver found 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman northeast of Zanesville in August 2012. The Canton woman had been raped and burned and had a strap around her neck. She died two days later.

The 34-year-old Dixon has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and arson. Culberson and another woman have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify in the case to avoid the death penalty.

Culberson said Dixon gave her a lighter in the attack.

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