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Decatur man faces attempted murder charges after police say he beat and set fire to victims

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Warren D. Burnett is facing two preliminary charges of attempted murder after police say beat two men and set them on fire.

Decatur man faces attempted murder charges after police say he beat and set fire to victims

Burnett is facing two preliminary charges of attempted murder after police say he helped pistol-whip two men before dousing them with gasoline or lighter fluid and setting them on fire. The victims, ages 24 and 22, suffered terrible burns to their faces and upper bodies in the Nov. 10 attack, according to a sworn affidavit from Decatur Police. The younger man had to be intubated and was flown from Decatur Memorial Hospital to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield for more specialized treatment.

He suffered “severe burns to his face, lips, left eye, both hands, upper chest and left thigh,” according to the affidavit, and had complained of “chest/throat and lung pain. ”The 24-year-old, with second-degree burns to his face, left hand, left forearm and the left side of his body, also needed six staples to close a gaping wound in the back of his head, the affidavit said. When the men were well enough to speak days later, they provided information that led police to the scene of the assault, a house in the 700 block of West Waggoner Street where Burnett, 25, was in residence and arrested Friday. A check of Macon County Jail records showed that Burnett is free after posting $50,000 bond on bail set at $500,000; all preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. Detective Brad Hall, writing in the affidavit, said Burnett had been identified by the victims as a man they knew as “Duke,” and he had been one of four men who had taken part in the pistol-whipping and beating before Burnett doused the two victims and set them on fire.

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Lewis, 41, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of possessing methamphetamine and two counts of resisting police.

Currie pleaded not guilty to a charge he hit a glass counter window at a restaurant, causing flying glass shards to cut the chin and forearm of a female employee.

Honorable pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charge and two counts of the aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to two counts of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as charges of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation and vehicular invasion at a preliminary.

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Bartimus was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated domestic battery after police say she inflicted life-threatening stab wounds on her 31-year-old boyfriend.

Jeffrey has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges of possessing and distributing child pornography involving children as young as 2, as well as four counts of failing to report annually as required by sex offender registration rules.

Bunch pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of Devin Slater.

Smith pleaded not guilty April 1 to two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a girl under the age of 15 and a charge of domestic battery involving physical contact against the same victim.

Rice was sentenced to four years in prison March 5 after he pleaded guilty to opening fire while a fight was going on in a crowded downtown Decatur parking lot.

Merriweather was sentenced to two years in prison March 3 after apologizing in court to the family of the Decatur man he said he had to shoot to death to protect himself.

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Ballard pleaded not guilty Feb. 25 to kidnapping a girl under 13 and strangling, punching and repeatedly sexually assaulting the child.

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Nashland, 31, pleaded not guilty to five counts of causing aggravated battery to a child resulting in permanent disability.

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Greer pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to a charge of criminal trespass.

Lunardi was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, and single counts of aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint, and domestic battery and criminal damage.

Drake has pleaded not to charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and armed violence, and to a charge of obstructing justice in a separate case.

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Hines pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

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Nall pleaded guilty to a charge of endangering the life or health of a child and was given 24 months probation, told to undergo a mental health evaluation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work.

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Stone pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13.

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