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March 29, 2013

Trial stalls for man accused of burning girlfriend

 

BENTON (AP) — The southern Illinois trial for a man accused of dousing his girlfriend with chemicals and setting her on fire has been delayed over a switch in defense attorneys.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (http://bit.ly/X1f0gz ) reports that a judge in Franklin County postponed Christopher Rollins' trial after accepting a request by his attorney to withdraw from the case. The judge appointed a public defender to represent 28-year-old Rollins.

The trial on an aggravated battery charge was to have been held next week.

West Frankfort police have said that emergency responders dispatched last August to a report of a woman burning in a backyard found smoke coming from the home. Then they found 22-year-old victim Tessa Leech and components of a meth lab.

Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body.

 

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