December 7, 2021

Memphis Man Arrested for Setting Girlfriend on Fire With Gasoline and a Lit Cigarette After She Attempted to Leave Him

Police have arrested a Memphis man for setting his girlfriend on hearth with a cigarette after trying to go away him.

In accordance to studies, Kenneth Upshaw, 38, was arrested and charged with tried second-degree homicide after he allegedly poured gasoline on his girlfriend and set her on hearth with a lit cigarette.

On Thursday, Memphis police stated that after the incident, his girlfriend was ready to escape.

The lady is presently being handled on the Regional Medical Middle after struggling second-degree to deep second-degree burns to her face, neck, chest, and arms.

She advised police that on October 8, she tried to break up with Upshaw whereas standing within the driveway of his good friend’s East Memphis house.

In accordance to paperwork obtained by ABC 24, Upshaw knowledgeable the lady that “if he could not be with her, then no one would,” earlier than dousing her in gasoline and throwing a lighted cigarette at her, setting her on hearth.

Upshaw and his good friend ultimately put out the fireplace.

His good friend claimed that he had no thought what was going on till he was knowledgeable that’s was a hearth in his driveway.

“It was pretty bad. I mean, it burned the whole back end and part of the back driver’s side and started to get where the gas tank is, and I thought it was going to explode,” the person advised WREG.

In accordance to court docket paperwork, the couple has a lengthy historical past of home violence.