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Compton man convicted in death of girlfriend

A Compton man was convicted Thursday, March 27, 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.

Police found Burton’s body on May 1, 2012, about 6 p.m. inside the Long Beach home she shared with Dixon. A friend had asked police to check on her.

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.

Dixon was tracked to his Compton home and arrested.

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

-- Joseph Serna

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