Sheriff: Alabama woman lit on fire by ex-boyfriend dies

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Officials say an Alabama woman who was doused in gasoline and lit on fire by her ex-boyfriend has died.

Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Randy Christian says in a statement that 49-year-old Deborah Diane Prater died early Tuesday. She had been hospitalized since the Sunday morning attack.

According to county jail records, Prater’s 48-year-old ex-boyfriend Michael Kennedy is charged with murder and is being held on $250,000 bond. Kennedy was initially charged with attempted murder and domestic violence.

Christian has said that Prater and Kennedy dated for about three years and that Prater recently ended their relationship. Officials have said Kennedy returned to Prater’s Birmingham home Sunday and lit her on fire after an argument. Authorities say Kennedy then fled in Prater’s SUV.

Court officials are unsure whether Kennedy has an attorney.


    • Porsche

      Yep, three square meal a day, free healthcare, exercise room, cable television, free lawyers, …. our Prison Resorts. We need to send these thugs to 3rd world prisons which are more deserving to their behavior. Besides, make those 3rd worlds earn the tax dollars we send them by housing these thugs in real prisons! Maybe those real prisons would put some fear behind doing crime these days. Right now there are is fear of the consequences.

      • Michael

        So tell me why the Alabama DoC is facing a federal lawsuit due to inhumane conditions?

        And shouldn’t this guy at least get a trial first? Ya know, innocent until proven guilty and all that?

  • Sue

    I cannot even imagine the pain this poor woman went through! This man has got to be evil!! He obviously did this. Death sentence and it should be the same way!!!

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