Man indicted for murder of dismembered woman

William Slaton, 35, of Middletown, Ohio. [Image credit: Butler County Jail]

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Police were sent to a Middletown, Ohio residence on June 30 after a call had come into 911 from a man in Tennessee reporting that there was a dead woman inside the home.

 

The odd series of events led investigators to arrest 35-year-old William Dale Slaton after he had given permission to officers to search around his residence only to be found moments later throwing a 55-gallon drum over a fence in the backyard.

 

The woman inside the barrel was identified as 21-year-old Cecily Cornett. Her fingers had been cut off, and tattoos had been cut from her body.

 

Yesterday Slaton was indicted by a Butler County grand jury for murder, felonious assault, four counts of tampering with evidence, involuntary manslaughter, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, and assault.

 

An additional charge of failure to report a crime or knowledge of a death is noted as being dismissed yesterday according to his jail records.

 

He is currently being held in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $210,000 bond.  There is currently a hold placed on him by the US Marshals Service as well as a note of a parole violation detainer.

 

Dayton Daily News indicates that the federal hold is for violating community control after a previous conviction for "conspiracy to murder (a) federal officer."

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