North Carolina man facing charges after girlfriend set on fire

Published 9:32 am Saturday, October 16, 2021

A North Carolina man has been jailed on a $1 million bond after investigators say he set his girlfriend on fire, a sheriff’s office said.

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies responded to a call on Monday in which a woman said her boyfriend doused her with rubbing alcohol and set her on fire. The woman suffered severe burns over a large portion of her body, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies arrested Raeford Bell, 64, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Bell appeared before a magistrate and was returned to jail, the sheriff’s office said. It wasn’t immediately known if Bell had an attorney.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said.

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