Man accused of setting woman on fire in West Virginia
Sep. 21, 2017
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A man accused of setting his girlfriend ablaze in West Virginia has been arraigned on additional charges.
The Register-Herald reports 47-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane received additional charges including third-degree arson Tuesday. He was initially charged with malicious or unlawful assault and attempted first-degree murder.
Officers responding to reports found 48-year-old Belinda Cox lying unresponsive in a neighbor's yard with burns covering her body Sunday.
Witnesses told police Lane doused Cox in gasoline and used a paper towel and lighter to ignite the fluid. Authorities later learned that Cox and Lane had a verbal argument.
Lane told police he watched as Cox fled while engulfed in flames before he left.
Beckley police said Tuesday that Cox remains in critical, but stable condition. It's unclear if Lane has a lawyer.
Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com