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Man convicted in death of W.Va. woman set on fire

March 21, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A homeless California man has been convicted in the death of a homeless West Virginia woman whom he lit on fire.

News outlets report a Kanawha County Circuit Court jury found Carl Tramane Magee III guilty Wednesday of murder by arson. The jury later recommended no mercy, meaning Magee would be ineligible for parole.

Police said the 44-year-old woman was asleep on a Charleston porch in July 2017 when Magee poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire. Video from a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed Magee going up to the porch with a gas can and a fire igniting.

Magee also was convicted of burglary for entering another home, taking a shower and using the kitchen to cook food.