Jurors: Shooter guilty in Fostoria murder

10/25/2013
BY JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

TIFFIN — After hearing three days of testimony, it took less than three hours Thursday for a jury in Seneca County Common Pleas Court to convict a former Perrysburg man of shooting his former girlfriend and killing her mother.

Calvin Dixson, 37, who had prior addresses in Toledo and Perrysburg, was found guilty of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder, both with firearms specifications, in the July 28 death of Lisa Stowers, 50, of Springfield, Ohio, and the wounding of her daughter, Tyeesha Ferguson Snowden, 36.

Dixson faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced at 10 a.m. today by Judge Steve Shuff.

Seneca County Prosecutor Derek DeVine said the testimony by Mrs. Snowden, who got married in August, made an impact on the jury.

Still recovering from her injuries, she was guided to the witness stand Tuesday by Mr. DeVine.

“She could identify her old boyfriend as the person who pulled out the gun and shot her mother and shot her,” he said. “That was very powerful evidence.”

The two women had been seated in a car outside Mrs. Snowden’s grandmother’s house in Fostoria on July 28, when Dixson walked up to the car, said some things, and then shot Ms. Stowers multiple times. He then turned the gun on his former girlfriend.

Ms. Stowers’ other daughter, Danielle Stowers, also had been in the car but ran into her grandmother’s house after they saw Dixson approaching on foot.

Although a gun was not recovered, police found a receipt for the same type of ammunition used in the shooting in Dixson’s truck.

Mr. DeVine said Dixson was upset over the breakup of his relationship with Mrs. Snowden, which had lasted more than four years before she obtained a protection order against him last December.

“This was a domestics dispute that literally exploded into the worst form of violence possible,” Mr. DeVine said, adding that he could not say exactly why Dixson shot Ms. Stowers. “When he came, he had an agenda, and whoever was in the car was going to get attacked and it was just Ms. Stowers’ misfortune that she was there.”

Defense attorney Dean Henry declined to comment other than to say Dixson planned to appeal.

Contact Jennifer Feehan at: jfeehan@theblade.com or 419-213-2134.