Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 27, 2013

Autopsy: Woman died of stab wound to neck

Kenneth Hart
CNHI News Service

RUSSELL — A Greenup County woman whose body was found in a ditch behind Hobby Lobby last month and whose co-worker has been charged in her slaying died of a stab wound to the neck.

Mary C. Dixon’s autopsy report, released this week by the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, also showed the 40-year-old South Shore woman had blunt-force head trauma, Greenup County Coroner Neil Wright said. However, the stab wound was determined to have been the primary cause of her death, he said.

Dixon was last seen alive June 26 at the Ashland Plaza Subway, where she and 31-year-old Arthur R. Quigley of Kitts Hill were both employed. Her body was found four days later 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 arraigned Thursday in Greenup Circuit Court on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. His court-appointed attorney, Sam Weaver, entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf.

Quigley could get 20 years to life in prison if he is convicted of murder. Greenup Commonwealth’s Attorney Melvin Leonhart said at Thursday’s arraignment that he was unaware of any aggravating circumstances that would make Quigley eligible for the death penalty if he is found guilty.

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