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Charges dropped against man who reported Fox Lake woman’s murder

May 10, 2019

JUNEAU — The charges against a man who reported a 2016 murder in Fox Lake were dropped Monday.

Testimony from Vernon Mickey, 60, helped convict his girlfriend’s son, LaVerne Ware Jr., of murder in the death of Sesalie Dixon. His testimony also helped lead to the conviction of his girlfriend, Marjorie Jones, on charges of obstruction and aiding a felon.

Mickey himself had been charged with harboring or aiding a felon.

According to criminal complaints and court testimony, Mickey left Jones’ home, owned by Ware, at 100 We Go Trail, Fox Lake, at 3:58 p.m., Dec. 4, 2016, and walked to a nearby Kwik Trip to contact police. Mickey reported there was a lot of blood in the garage at the We Go Trail residence, but he did not see a body. He also said Dixon, Ware’s girlfriend, had been missing since the previous night.

Ware was found guilty of several charges, including first-degree homicide, in March. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 28. Jones, 66, was sentenced in March 2018 to six years in prison after being found guilty at her trial three months earlier.

Mickey had signed an agreement with the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office that the charge against him would be dismissed for his honest testimony in the cases against Ware and Jones.

As part of Mickey’s agreement, he had to remain in Dodge County and could not commit any other crimes.

Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Brian Pfitzinger granted the dismissal after the motion was made May 3.