- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

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A man charged with setting his estranged wife on fire at her workplace was ordered held without bond yesterday.

Roger Brian Hargrave, 33, of Temple Hills, is charged with attempted murder and assault in the attack that left Yvette Cade in critical condition with burns on 60 percent of her body.

“I don’t feel I’m a threat to society,” Hargrave told a Prince George’s County District Court judge during his closed-circuit video bond hearing. Hargrave said he hoped to secure a private attorney to defend him against charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.

He was arrested Monday night, hours after witnesses said he entered a cellular telephone store in Clinton and confronted Mrs. Cade, who relatives say intended to end their stormy marriage.

The couple married in October 2001, but Mrs. Cade and her daughter from a previous relationship have been living away from Hargrave since December.

In August, Mrs. Cade sought and received a civil protective order barring Hargrave from contacting her, but the order was rescinded last month after the two appeared before a judge.

“We’re looking into the circumstances of the lifting of the protective order,” said Glenn F. Ivey, Prince George’s County’s chief prosecutor.

He intends to review the audiotape from that September court hearing to determine whether Mrs. Cade agreed to have the order lifted.

Mr. Ivey said his staff would argue against any future efforts to have Hargrave released on bail, citing his five previous criminal convictions.

Family members who have visited Mrs. Cade in hospital describe expressions of “anguish and terror” in her eyes.

Her 12-year-old daughter, who now is staying with Mrs. Cade’s sister, Shereen Jackson, has been allowed to visit her mother. Miss Jackson said the child has been crying constantly since learning of her mother’s injuries.

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