Canton man pleads not guilty in burned woman's death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio - An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty in the gruesome killing of a woman found covered in burns and wailing by the side of a rural road.

LaFonse D. Dixon Jr. of Canton pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas to one count each of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson. The 33-year-old also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges.

On Aug. 26, a driver found 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman on a road near Zanesville in eastern Ohio. She had been raped and burned and had a strap around her neck. She died two days later at a Columbus hospital.

Dixon's attorney said her client says he didn't do it and wasn't there.

Two women also have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated arson charges.

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