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Shooting victim, ex-girlfriend testifies in Fostoria murder trial

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Tiffin, OH - "After he stopped shooting her, he turned the gun on me and started shooting me," said Tyeesha Ferguson Snowden of Fostoria in a Seneca County Common Pleas courtroom on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old testified in Tiffin against her ex-boyfriend Calvin Dixson. Dixson of Perrysburg is on trial for murder in a shooting over the summer in Fostoria.  Dixson is accused of shooting Snowden and killing her mom.

Snowden, who had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, was shot seven times back in July and survived. Tuesday she entered the courtroom wearing several braces and used a cane to walk. She pointed at Calvin Dixson saying he is the man who shot her and killed her mother.

"It was boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," says Snowden.

Snowden says on Sunday, July 28th, she was in the backseat of a two-door white Pontiac Grand Am outside her grandmother's home on Bannister Street in Fostoria when she spotted Calvin Dixson walking across an empty field toward the home.

Her mom Lisa Stowers was in the front seat.  They locked the doors and tried to hide.

"He came up to the passenger door and asked my mother where I was at," says Snowden. "She shrugged her shoulders. He said to her, 'You thought I was playing.'  And then he lifted his shirt and brandished a black pistol and opened fire."

Snowden testified in Judge Steven Shuff's courtroom that once Dixson finished firing at her mom, he aimed at her, shooting Snowden seven times.

Snowden says she and Dixson of Perrysburg broke up last year.  In December of 2012, she took out a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend.

"Mr. Dixson was constantly harassing and threatening not only me, but particular members of my family.  He threatened to kill my children," says Snowden.

Snowden says he killed her mom. She remembers holding her head as she died.

"She was able to say, 'I love you, Tyeesha,' as she took her last breath," says Snowden.

During cross examination, Dixson's ex-girlfriend testified that during her six year relationship with him, up until that day in July, she had never before seen him with a gun.  If convicted, Dixson could face up to life in prison without parole.

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