Mississippi woman killed after being doused with gasoline and set on fire, police say

Published 11:21 am Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Mississippi woman was killed after she was doused with gasoline and set on fire, police said. A suspect was arrested and charged with murder, a Memphis TV station is reporting.

The victim, Christina Marie Spencer, died days after receiving burns over 90 percent of her body, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.

Deputies arrested Johny Joseph Clonch, 32, and charged him with murder. He was being held on a $1 million bond.

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The victim and the suspect were spending the night on the porch of a resident for whom Clonch had been doing some type of work.

The homeowner reportedly heard a woman’s scream, then attempted to extinguish the flames with a garden house, the station reported.

What led to the Oct. 6 attack was not immediately clear.