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West Virginia man pleads guilty to setting girlfriend fire

BECKLEY, W. Va. – A West Virginia man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.

The Register-Herald reports 48-year-old Dwayne Michael Lane of Beckley entered the plea Tuesday in Raleigh County Circuit Court against the advice of his lawyer. He was accused of dousing the 48-year-old Belinda Cox with gasoline Sept. 17 setting her on fire in front of her daughter and her niece. Cox was found to react in a neighbor’s yard and died in a hospital in Oct. 4.

Lane also pleaded guilty to gross child neglect and domestic battery.

Judge Andrew Dimlich accepted the plea and set sentencing for Aug. 13.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com

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