CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP/WSAZ) - UPDATE: 05/11/19
A man found guilty of pouring gas on a woman and setting her on fire will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Carl Magee was sentenced Friday to life without mercy for causing the death of Rachele Jarrett in Charleston, West Virginia.
Carl Magee was sentenced Friday to life without mercy for causing the death of Rachele Jarrett. It happened after the judge denied Magee's lawyer's motion for a new trial or the no mercy decision be set aside.
His attorney Rick Holicker said he didn't find out Magee made statements to the media while being walked to his arraignment until after the trial. Holicker added that, had the jury seen that video they might have decided Magee was not competent at the time of the murder
Even though the state said they didn't know about the statements, Holicker said the officer who made the arrest should have notified prosecutors.
Prosecutors also argued that two doctors said Magee was competent.
Judge Joanna Tabit ruled the video in question was not evidence, rather it was media coverage.
UPDATE: 7/29/17 7:10 P.M.
According to WSAZ, Rachele Jarrett, 44, was in grave condition at a Huntington hospital since she was set on fire Sunday morning. According to court documents, Jarrett died on Friday.
Carl T. Magee III, 34, was taken into custody Monday in the Kanawha City area and was arraigned on first-degree arson, attempted murder and malicious wounding charges.
Magee's charges have been upgraded. He is now facing charges for murder and first-degree arson. He was arraigned on those charges Saturday morning in Kanawha County magistrate court.
Magee's bond has been revoked.
He will be back in court on August 2nd.
UPDATE: 7/25/2017 11:31 A.M.
A man suspected of setting fire to a woman in Charleston during the weekend was arrested Monday night, Charleston Police say.
Carl T. Magee III, 34, was taken into custody in the Kanawha City area. He was arraigned later on first-degree arson, attempted murder and malicious wounding charges.
Police say Magee is homeless and originally from California. Officers also say he was a fugitive from justice.
Monday afternoon, the city of Charleston announced a $2,500 award for information leading to an arrest.
Police say Rachele Jarrett, 44, remains in critical condition after being set on fire Sunday morning. Jarrett is believed to be homeless.
Charleston Police say the woman was sleeping on the porch of an empty home in the 400 block of Randolph Street when a man walked onto the porch, doused her in gasoline and lit her on fire before walking away. The victim's boyfriend also was on the porch at the time and spoke exclusively with WSAZ on Monday, saying both were staying there because they were homeless.
Charleston police have arrested a man they say set a woman on fire this weekend.
ORIGINAL STORY: 7/24/2017, 6:37 P.M.
Charleston Police have released the name of a woman who was doused in gasoline and set on fire, and a picture of the suspect, whose name is unknown to police.
Police say the victim, Rachele Jarrett, 44, who is believed to be homeless, remains in critical condition at the burn unit at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.
CPD says the suspect checked into Cross Roads Homeless Shelter over the weekend and is believed to be homeless.
Charleston Police released a picture of the suspect Monday morning.
Charleston Police say the woman was sleeping on the porch of an empty home when a man walked onto the porch, doused her in gasoline and lit her on fire before walking away.
Police say the woman's body was engulfed in flames, which also spread to the home.
There was at least one witness to the crime.
Investigators say minutes after the woman was caught on fire, a man matching the same suspect description kicked in a door to a home on Wyoming Street, poured gasoline onto the floor and tried to light that home on fire, as well.
Charleston Police say the people in the home were able to chase the intruder off before he succeeded in setting the second fire. They believe the same man is responsible for both crimes.
Charleston Police Lieutenant Steve Cooper says,
"It's not something that we see very often. I can recall a couple of cases where someone actually caught someone on fire, and typically, it's lead to their death. It's extremely heinous. It's shocking to the conscious, and we ask anyone who knows anything about this crime to please contact us. The victim's condition is considered critical, and we're working around the clock to figure out who did this."
Investigators have not released a possible motive for the crime.