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Murder detailed in alleged confession

Published 9:46am Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Report: Jealousy cited as motive


GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — A Kitts Hill man allegedly involved in a polyamorous relationship claims jealousy was the motive for allegedly killing his co-worker behind a craft store in Kentucky.

In documents recently filed in the case of 30-year-old Arthur Quigley, a narrative of an interview between Quigley and Detective Adam Davis of the Russell, Ky., Police Department, after the man’s arrest, states Quigley admitted to killing Mary Dixon, 40, of South Shore, on June 26.

“Quigley said he remembered ‘beating the ( — ) out of her,’ and said he ‘turned into a ( — ) monster,’” the report stated. “He said it was like sitting backstage at a movie and watching it happen. He said he remembered hitting her ‘all over’ and he stated ‘I know that I killed Mary.’”

Dixon was reported missing by a nephew on June 27 after she didn’t return to her mother’s home after a shift at Subway restaurant in Russell, Ky. Her vehicle was still in the parking lot with her purse still inside. The nephew reported Dixon had previously been in a physically abusive relationship with another woman.

Dixon was found on June 29 in a shallow, water-filled ditch behind Hobby Lobby in the same shopping center at Subway by some people who were following geo-caching GPS coordinates.

According to an autopsy report, the main cause of death was blood loss from a cut to Dixon’s throat. She also received blunt force trauma to the head.

During the investigation into Dixon’s disappearance, and then death, Davis writes in his narrative that Quigley, Dixon and another woman, all employees at Subway, were involved in a three-way relationship.

Before Dixon’s body was found, the other woman involved in the relationship, who lived with Quigley, told Davis that the three had been in a relationship together, but she and Quigley had mutually decided to end the relationship.

The woman also said on the night of Dixon’s disappearance, Quigley borrowed her car to buy cigarettes and deodorant. She said Quigley told her he stopped at Subway to see Dixon.

In a separate interview, the woman said Quigley was jealous of the attention she was giving Dixon and that he viewed Dixon as a wedge between them.

Davis also interviewed Quigley while authorities were searching for Dixon.

According to the police narrative, Quigley allegedly admitted to going to Subway to see Dixon to tell her “he was taking a break from the relationship.”

Quigley said after the restaurant closed, the two walked around the outside of the store and behind the building and talked.

Quigley was arrested in Eldorado at a friend’s house by Preble County Sheriff’s deputies.

During an interview, Quigley told the detective he had told Dixon the relationship was “getting to be too much for him to handle” and that it was “killing him and tearing him apart.”

Quigley also said he had recently found some text messages between Dixon and the other woman about their sexual relationship and allegedly told Dixon that he wanted to end the three-way relationship.

According to the report, Quigley said Dixon responded by saying she wanted the other woman more than he did, at which point Quigley said he “lost it.”

Quigley allegedly admitted to cutting Dixon’s throat with a box cutter that was thrown off the Ironton-Russell Bridge.

He also said he washed his clothing and threw them in the trash when he returned to his Kitts Hill home, the report stated.

Quigley said he was “absolutely beside himself for what he had done,” according to the report.

Quigley was arraigned in Greenup County Circuit Court on July 25. He pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Attorney Sam Weaver was appointed to handle Quigley’s case.

If convicted of murder, Quigley faces 20 years to life in prison.

The man is being held in the Greenup County Detention Center on a $750,000 cash bond.


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