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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Dixon murder trial gets underway

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  • BATH | The trial of a Corning man accused of murdering his former live-in girlfriend began Monday, and Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said it will probably take the rest of the week to complete.
    Joseph E. Dixon is charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 death of Dolores Warner. Prosecutors say Warner was killed on or before Thanksgiving day.
    Dixon was arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter on Nov. 25, 2012. That charge was later upgraded to murder by the grand jury.
    Jury selection in the trial was completed late last week, and prosecutors and the defense presented their opening statements Monday morning.
    Later in the day, Baker called the medical examiner to testify on the alleged victim's injuries. Authorities say Warner died from a combination of blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
    Jurors also heard testimony from the alleged victim's sister, and from a state police investigator who discussed Dixon's statements after his arrest.
    Baker said he expects to call 10 to 12 witnesses, including forensics experts.
    Police say there was a history of domestic disturbances involving Dixon and his alleged victim.
    Warner's body was discovered by state police Nov. 22, 2012 after a relative asked them to check on her welfare.
    Dixon faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the second-degree murder charge.
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