9/27/2012 – Zanesville, OH — A woman charged in the gruesome torture and burning death of an alleged street prostitute has admitted she took part in the crime and now faces up to life in prison.
As previously reported on JohnTV, 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman of Canton was found Aug. 26 on a rural Zanesville road by a passing motorist – Fronsman, who was naked, had been brutally beaten and burned alive over 80% of her body..
When she was found Fronsman was still conscious and wailing in agony. Fronsman was rushed to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she later died of her injuries.
It is believed that Fronsman was able to tell investigators who her attackers were before she died. Soon thereafter three people were taken into custody and charged with her death – Katrina M. Culberson, 20, Monica Washington, 24 and LaFonse Dixon, 33.
No motive for the murder has been released.
Just this week Culberson made a full confession and plead guilty to one count of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated arson and one count of kidnapping. As part of her plea agreement she is required to testify against the other two defendants. Because of her plea, prosecutors agreed to remove the death penalty. Culberson now faces life in prison. A judge will decide if she will ever be eligible for parole.
JohnTV will continue to follow this case.