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Man Dies After Being Burned in Domestic Dispute

Posted May 8, 2007
Updated May 9, 2007

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— A Red Springs woman was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday evening after her boyfriend died from extensive burns he suffered in a domestic dispute, police said.

When officers responded to a house fire at 120 Hackett St. shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, they found Austin Wilson, 69, on the roadway in front of the residence with severe burns.

Wilson died Tuesday afternoon at the UNC Jaycees Burn Center in Chapel Hill, police said. He had suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body.

Sheila Carolina Oxendine, 36, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson Tuesday morning. The attempted murder charge was upgraded to murder after Wilson's death, police said.

Oxendine had been involved in a domestic dispute earlier with Wilson, police said. While Wilson was sleeping in bed, Oxendine doused him with an unknown flammable liquid and set the house on fire before fleeing, police said.

According to Red Springs Police Chief Troy McDuffie, the house was “fully engulfed in flames.”

Investigators said Wilson was able to identify Oxendine as the person who set him on fire. They arrested her after they found her hiding in a back room at 839 West Ave.