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Six charged with torture death of Alton woman


Alton, Ill. – Six people, including three juveniles, have been charged with first degree murder and other crimes in the killing of a pregnant, developmentally disabled woman from Alton.

Police say 29-year-old Dorothy Dixon was beaten and tortured with a pellet gun and hot liquid throughout December and January.

An indictment returned last week was unsealed Monday.

Authorities say Dixon was six months pregnant when she was found dead in the basement of an Alton rental house on January 31.

The victim shared the house with several of the suspects, and police say one of the accused had been taking Dixon's Social Security check.

Judy E. Woods, 43, Michelle Riley, 35, and Michael Elliott, 18 are all accused of first-degree murder, battery and unlawful restraint.

Two of the juveniles, Benny L. Wilson, 16, and LeShelle McBride, 15, have been charged as adults. A 12 year old has been charged in juvenile court.


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