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Police say Charleston woman set on fire dies, suspect charged with murder

Carl T. Magee III, 34, who is accused of setting Rachele Jarrett, 44, on fire last Saturday, has been charged with first degree murder after Jarrett died as a result of her injuries Friday, according to Charleston police. (WCHS/WVAH)

A man accused of setting a woman on fire in Charleston last weekend has been charged with murder.

Carl T. Magee III, 34, who is accused of setting Rachele Jarrett, 44, on fire last weekend, has been charged with first degree murder after Jarrett died as a result of her injuries Friday, according to Charleston police.

Police said Jarrett was sleeping on the porch of a home on a Randolph Street in Charleston when Magee poured gasoline on her and set her on fire. Jarrett was left is critical condition and taken to the burn unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital where she died Friday.

After the City of Charleston offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest, Magee was arrested on Monday in Kanawha City and was initially charged with malicious wounding, arson and attempted murder.

On Saturday, Charleston police said those charges have been upgraded to first degree murder and arson.

Magee is from California, but police said he has been seen on security video at a homeless shelter and believe he has been in the area for a while.

He is being held in the South Central Regional Jail. His bond has been revoked.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates on this story.



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