A woman accused of deliberately setting her boyfriend on fire at a petrol station is set to face murder charges after he died from his burns.
A woman has set her boyfriend on fire at a Texas petrol station, “melting” the skin off his body, police said.
The boyfriend, Ricky Doyle, 25, died on Wednesday in a Dallas-area hospital from burns he suffered in the horrific July 18 attack, according to Texas police.
The New York Post reported Doyle and his girlfriend, Breana Johnson, were arguing at a Shell petrol station at the time, according to police.
“I’m going to kill you,” Johnson, 24, was heard telling him, according to a police affidavit.
The 24-year-old Johnson went inside the petrol station and paid for 50c worth of petrol.
She was later seen pouring the petrol on Doyle while he sat in the back seat of a Jeep.
She then walked around to the driver’s seat and set it on fire with an unknown object.
Doyle was engulfed in flames when he was seen escaping the vehicle and running through the parking lot, trying to stop his body from burning.
Another customer came to his aid with a fire extinguisher, but by then, witnesses said, Doyle was “bleeding and had skin that appeared to have melted off his body,” according to the police charging document.
While witnesses were trying to help Doyle inside the petrol station, his girlfriend told bystanders that she was smoking while pumping petrol and that’s why the fire started.
But witnesses didn’t buy Johnson’s story and confronted her, telling her they saw her intentionally set the fire.
One witness even tried to detain her before police arrived, but Johnson pushed the person to the ground and drove away while smiling, the police report said.
Johnson was arrested in July and initially charged with aggravated assault-bodily injury with a deadly weapon.
Now that Doyle has died, Johnson will be charged with murder. She is currently being detained in jail.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced here with permission.