- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man accused of fatally setting his wife on fire has been released from jail after his attorney convinced prosecutors he couldn’t have committed the crime.

The Houston Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1nPkoxr ) Harris County prosecutors dropped a murder charge against 48-year-old Darryl Tindol on Thursday. He had been accused of setting 53-year-old Susan Harper on fire in January 2013 by tossing a flammable liquid on her as she smoked a cigarette in the car.

Attorney Murray Newman argues Tindol was too far from the car to have caused the fire. He says she might have accidentally ignited herself by drinking high-proof alcohol while smoking.

She died 10 months after the incident from her injuries.

Tindol had been held at the Harris County Jail without bond since Sept. 17.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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