Man competent for trial in case of woman burned to death

November 27, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man who admitted to burning a woman to death has been found competent to stand trial.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Monday that Carl Tramane Magee III was initially found incompetent, but a second evaluation determined he was competent while on medication. Magee is in custody on charges including first-degree murder and arson.

A criminal complaint says Rachael Jarrett and David Barrett Sr. were homeless and asleep on a Charleston home’s porch in July 2017. It says Barrett awoke to Magee covering them in gasoline and was able to flee before the fire was set. Surveillance video shows a man carrying a gas can onto the porch.

The complaint says Magee was questioned and admitted to killing Jarrett. Magee’s represented by attorney Rick Holicker. His trial is set for March.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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