Three Year Old Double Murder Comes to Partial Close

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OAK HILL– A double murder that occurred in Oak Hill nearly three years ago came to a partial conclusion yesterday in the Fayette County Circuit Court.

On March 23, 2014 a structure fire was reported at a home located on Gatewood Road. When firefighters from the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department entered the residence they located and rescued two females, both of whom suffered extensive burn injuries in the fire. Both females were transported to the Burn Unit at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

One of these victims, Cheryl Ward, died the following day, March 24, 2014. The other victim, Jamie Castillo did not succumb to her injuries until July 6, 2014.

Following a lengthy investigation, criminal indictments were returned in 2015 against William Eugene Dixon, Sr.and Jonathan Lee Jones, in connection with these murders.

Jones, entered a guilty plea in the Fayette County Circuit Court to the felony offense of Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder. On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 he was sentenced to a term of five years in prison for this offense. A trial date for Dixon has not yet been set, due to his medical condition.

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Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers started as a multi-media journalist at WOAY in October of 2015. She then moved to evening anchor in September of 2016. Read More