JUNEAU — A homicide case that began when a body was found in Fox Lake in 2016 is scheduled to begin its potential final chapter Monday, with jury selection in the case of Laverne Ware Jr.
Ware, 38, is accused of fatally shooting Sesalie Dixon, his girlfriend and first cousin. Dixon’s body was found Dec. 4, 2016, in the passenger seat of a Dodge Ram owned by Ware, parked in the garage of a Fox Lake home he owned and where his mother resided. An autopsy revealed that Dixon died of three gunshots to the head.
Ware is charged with first-degree homicide, hiding a corpse, incest and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He could face life in prison if convicted and has been held at the Dodge County Jail since January 2017 on a $2.5 million cash bond.
The jurors in the trial will be selected from Jefferson County, due to considerable publicity surrounding the case in Dodge County. Jurors will be bused daily from the county courthouse in Jefferson to Dodge County Circuit Judge Brian Pfitzinger's courtroom. Dodge County Clerk of Courts Lynn Hron said that Jefferson County did the notifying and summoning of the jurors, and Dodge County will be paying Jefferson County for the service.
Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg will prosecute the case, more than a year after winning a conviction against Ware’s mother, Marjorie Jones, in a related case. Jones, 66, was found guilty in January 2018 for her role in obstructing officers and hiding the gun that killed Dixon. She was sentenced last March to six years in prison.
Jones, along with her then-boyfriend, Vernon Mickey, will be called to testify during the hearing. Mickey, 59, reported to police that Dixon was dead and led police to the We Go Trail residence where the body was found. He is charged with harboring or aiding a felon and has a telephone scheduling conference on April 1.
Dixon’s husband, father and brother have all filed wrongful death lawsuits against Ware.