- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors in Jacksonville, Florida say they will seek the death penalty during the trial of a man charged with setting fire to his girlfriend inside a Golden Corral restaurant.

Darryl Whipple on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder during a court hearing.

At the hearing, prosecutors filed notice that they intended to seek the death penalty.

Authorities say Whipple doused his girlfriend, Carol Demmons, with lighter fluid and ignited her with a lighter as she ran away in October. Demmons worked at the restaurant.

Jacksonville television station WJXT (https://bit.ly/2g6ENR2 ) reports that Demmons had burns on almost two-thirds of her body and later died at a hospital.

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Information from: WJXT-TV, https://www.news4jax.com/index.html


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