Report: Man tried to set girlfriend on fire so she couldnt testi -

Report: Man tried to set girlfriend on fire so she couldnt testify against him

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -A Spartanburg man is accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend, pouring gasoline on her while holding a lit cigarette, because she was scheduled to testify against him in previous domestic violence case, according to police.

Spartanburg police were sent to the victim’s home on Tuesday where they found her wet, cold and smelling of gasoline, according to the police report.

The report said the suspect, 37-year-old Kelvin Kerns, was holding a 20-ounce bottle of fuel and the cigarette while making threats. Police said Kerns told the woman he would kill her so she could not show up in court the next day because he had a criminal domestic violence hearing.

Police said when they took Kerns into custody, he had a knife and homemade brass knuckles on him. 

Kerns told officers he wanted to press charges against the woman because she assaulted him, pushing him into the front door and left scratches on his wrists, police said. But officers told him she had said she was trying to escape, the report stated.

Police said Kerns was charged with criminal domestic violence second offense, intimidating a witness and concealed weapon.

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