Sumter man charged with setting girlfriend on fire

A 44-year-old Sumter man is in custody after allegedly holding his live-in girlfriend at gunpoint and lighting her on fire, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Roy Billy Hulon of Pridgen Lane has been charged with attempted murder and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after the incident.  He is currently begin held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the victim was airflifted to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment for severe burns to her face, neck, torso and hands, the sheriff’s office said.  Her health status was unknown as of Thursday morning.  The victim, however, was able to make a statement to investigators accusing Hulon of the crime.

According to Deputy Ken Bell, spokesman for the local law enforcement agency, after an argument between the two, Hulon allegedly pointed a gun at the victim while threatening to shoot both her and a local neighbor.  According to a witness, Bell said, Hulon then held his hands over the victim’s mouth as she attempted to scream for help before reportedly covering the victim with lighter fluid and setting her ablaze with a cigarette lighter.

An investigation into the Wednesday incident continues, and more charges are possible.

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