Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 3, 2013

Murder suspect waives extradition

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

RUSSELL — The man accused in the murder of a woman whose body was discovered behind a hobby-and-craft store on Saturday has waived extradition from Ohio, the lead investigator in the case said Tuesday.

Arthur R. Quigley, 31, of Kitts Hill, Ohio, will be returned to Kentucky by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Department “within the next few days” to face charges in the slaying of Mary C. Dixon, 40, of South Shore, Russell Police Detective Adam Davis said.

Quigley was arrested in Eldorado, Ohio, by the Preble County Sheriff’s Department not long after Dixon’s body was found in a ditch behind the Hobby Lobby store in the Ashland Plaza shopping center on Diederich Boulevard. She had been missing since Wednesday and was last seen at the Subway a few storefronts away from Hobby Lobby in the Ashland Plaza. Dixon was an employee of the restaurant.

Davis confirmed Dixon and Quigley were co-workers at Subway. However, he declined to comment on a possible motive for the slaying, or on a local television station’s report that Dixon and Quigley were involved in a love triangle where both were dating the same woman.

He also said the state Medical Examiner’s Office, where Dixon’s body was taken for an autopsy, had not yet told police the cause of Dixon’s death.

Following his arrest, Quigley was interviewed at the Preble County Jail by Davis and by Russell Police Chief Tim Wilson. According to Davis, the suspect made several incriminating statements during the interview.

Quigley became a suspect in the murder as a result of numerous interviews conducted by Davis, as well as other evidence he collected.

Davis said he didn’t know exactly when Quigley would be returned to Greenup County or when he would  make his first court appearance.

The detective also said Dixon’s slaying was the first homicide in Russell in recent memory. He said Wilson, the police chief, had been with the department for more than 20 years and could not recall the last one.

Dixon’s murder was the third this year in Greenup County. The first occurred on March 25 on Rockgate Road. Carlton T. “Todd” Gallman, 36, Aaron W. Gallion, 35, and James E. McWain, 54, all of Ashland, all are charged in the slaying of Christopher Frazier, 29, of Westwood, whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped over an embankment on Happy Ridge Road.

Two days after Frazier’s murder, Michael Gillipsie, 31, of Lewis County, was stabbed in the chest with a steak knife during a fight at a residence on Mica’s Walk Road, off the A-A Highway. His alleged assailant, Reece Frasure, 50, was charged with murder after Gillispie died in Cabell Huntington Hospital.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.