Man accused of burning woman seeks judge verdict
Nov. 22, 2013
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man accused of dousing his girlfriend with chemicals and setting her on fire more than a year ago wants a judge to decide his case, not a jury.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/1g1W9JX ) reports that 29-year-old Christopher Rollins on Thursday waived his right to a jury trial and requested that a judge instead determine his guilt or innocence. No trial date was immediately set.
The West Frankfort man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery.
West Frankfort police have said that emergency responders dispatched in August of last year to a report of a woman burning in a backyard found smoke coming from the home, then found 23-year-old victim Tessa Leech and components of a meth lab.
Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body.
Information from: Southern Illinoisan, http://www.southernillinoisan.com