Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 13, 2013

Ohio man indicted on murder

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP — The Ohio man accused in the murder of a woman whose body was discovered in a ditch behind a retail store in Russell last month has been indicted by a Greenup County jury.

According to the Greenup Circuit Clerk’s Office, grand jurors on Thursday returned a true bill charging Arthur R. Quigley, 31, of Kitts Hill, with murder and tampering with physical evidence.

The indictment accuses Quigley of committing the offense of murder by killing Mary C. Dixon, 40, of South Shore, and with committing evidence-tampering by destroying evidence he knew he was about to be used against him in an official proceeding.

Quigley could get life in prison is he is convicted of murder. The tampering charge is a Class D felony that carries a one- to five-year prison sentence.

The indictment provides no additional detail and sheds no new light on how or why Dixon — who was co-workers with Quigley at the Subway restaurant in the Ashland Plaza shopping center on Diederich Boulevard — was murdered. Dixon’s family members have said the two were involved in a love triangle where both were dating the same woman, but investigators have declined to comment on that.

The cause of Dixon’s death hasn’t been released, either.

Dixon was last seen June 26 at the Ashland Plaza Subway. Her body was found June 30 in a ditch behind Hobby Lobby, the anchor store at the shopping center.

Quigley was arrested in Eldorado, Ohio, by the Preble County Sheriff’s Department not long after Dixon’s body was discovered. Following his arrest, Quigley was interviewed by Russell Police Detective Adam Davis and by Russell Police Chief Tim Wilson. According to Davis, the suspect made several incriminating statements during the interview.

Quigley was returned to Kentucky after waiving extradition and is lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center. He had been scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Greenup District Court, but his indictment rendered that proceeding unnecessary.

The clerk’s office said Friday a date hadn’t been set for Quigley’s arraignment in circuit court.

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. “Cowboy” McWain, 54, and Robert James Burton, 40, 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 Micah’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.