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Man convicted of murder in girlfriend's strangling death

A Compton man was convicted Thursday of using a belt and electrical cord to strangle his girlfriend to death during an argument.

Jeffrey Lee Dixon, 51, was found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2012 killing of Monique Diane Burton, 51. It took a jury less than a day to reach a verdict.

Dixon was staying with Burton in Long Beach when they had an argument that turned deadly. Authorities say Dixon strangled Burton to death with a belt and electrical cord then tried to hide her body in the garage by digging a hole, but was interrupted and ditched the effort.

Police were asked to do a welfare check on Burton by a friend and found her body inside the apartment. Dixon was tracked to his Compton home and arrested.

He faces up to 51 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced April 24. 


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