Alabama man accused of setting ex-girlfriend on fire

Courtesy NBC / WVTM

BIRHMINGHAM, AL -- A man accused of dousing his ex-girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire has been apprehended.

Michael Kennedy was apprehended around 4 p.m. on Wilks Road, which is off of the Bessemer Superhighway in Midfield.

Kennedy is facing attempted murder and domestic violence charges. He's being held at the Jefferson County Jail pending $60,000 bond.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Kennedy is accused of arguing with the woman before throwing gas on her and lighting her on fire. He then left the scene in her vehicle, which as located around 6 p.m. last night on Tin Mill Road near Hueytown.

Investigators say Kennedy and the victim had been in an on-and-off relationship for the past three years. Neighbors tell us the couple had a history of domestic violence.

Kennedy has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, and his family was concerned that he could be in danger if he was off of his medication.

The woman is listed as serious condition in ICU.


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