Ohio resident guilty of rape, robbery at video store

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

GREENUP, Ky. - A Franklin Furnace man was found guilty Monday of his part in the robbery of a Russell, Ky., video store and the beating and rape of the store manager.

A Greenup County Circuit Court jury found William Ryan Dixon, 21, guilty of all three charges against him: Rape, robbery and assault, according to information from the Circuit Clerk's office.

The verdict came after nearly a week of testimony. Greenup County Circuit Judge Lewis Nichols sentenced Dixon to a total of 47 years in prison.

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Attention now turns to the trial of Dixon's accomplice in the case, Wayne Murphy, 31, of Ironton, who faces trial next spring on those same charges.

The two men are accused of going into the store shortly after it opened July 14, 2004, robbing it and viciously attacking the store manager, who testified during Dixon's trial.

Russell authorities described the crime scene as one of the most gruesome they had ever seen.

Both men could also face similar charges in connection with the July 5 assault and robbery at the Blanton and Graff Market in Franklin Furnace in which a clerk was beaten and robbed.

Dixon has admitted to being involved in the Franklin Furnace robbery and confessed to the video store assault and another case in South Webster where he allegedly beat a South Webster man across the arm and head with a frying pan, according to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.

Both men remain housed in the Greenup County Jail.