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Man arrested after lighting woman on fire with gasoline and cigarette

Kenneth Upshaw mugshot
Kenneth Upshaw mugshot(Memphis Police Department)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 1:08 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police arrested Kenneth Upshaw after he’s accused of setting his girlfriend on fire on Monday.

According to the affidavit, Upshaw and his girlfriend got into an argument when she told him she did not want to date him anymore. Upshaw reportedly said to her “if he could not be with her, then no one would.”

The report says that Upshaw then splashed her with gasoline and threw a lit cigarette on her. The woman is not sure how the fire was extinguished but reported she then got in her car and drove to a friend’s house.

Later she was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition with second-degree burns on 16% of her body, with burns on her face, neck, chest and arms. A nurse has since reported that she is in stable condition.

An incident report filed two days after the fire says he’s accused of assaulting the victim again. It also states the couple’s domestic violence history dates back to 2017 with several cases investigated over the years.

In this case, Upshaw is charged with criminal attempted second-degree murder and domestic assault-bodily harm.

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