Man Who Set Girlfriend On Fire Indicted On Murder Charge

Gregory Powell

(Memphis) A man who set his girlfriend on fire last year has been charged with first-degree murder.

Gregory Powell told police he and his girlfriend, Alice Wells, started arguing at their home at 3509 Coleman.

She blacked out when he hit her with a stick.

Powell then dragged her to the bathroom, put her in the bathtub, doused her with gasoline, then set her on fire.

He watched her burn before putting the flames out with a fire extinguisher.

Powell then had a friend take him to 201 Poplar, where he told police what he did.

Wells was dead when police and paramedics arrived at the home.

Powell, who previously served time on a murder charge, is being held without bond.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Powell was sentenced in January 1989 for charges of murder with a deadly weapon and attempted murder with a deadly weapon.

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