Report: Man allegedly set ex-boyfriend's house on fire, killing his former partner

ex boyfriend dies after man set fire to his home charged with capital murder
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Nov. 10 2021, Published 2:40 p.m. ET

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A Texas man allegedly set fire to his ex-boyfriend’s house, killing his former partner and injuring another person. Now, police say the suspect has been indicted on capital murder charges.

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In August, police said they responded to a fire around 2:30 a.m. and found two badly burned men and a woman inside the house.

According to records, Willie Joe Lloyd, 39, broke into the Waco, Texas, area home while his ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Cargin Madison, was sleeping.

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Lloyd proceeded to pour gas on the bed and set it on fire, the Waco-Tribune Herald reported. Before fleeing, he also set the living room couch on fire, police said. Madison was thought to be the target.

Officials said Madison died 11 days after Lloyd set fire to the house.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Lloyd on Nov. 8 on capital murder and attempted capital murder charges. The attempted murder charge comes from injuries a friend of Madison suffered, as they were badly burned.

Initially Lloyd was arrested on three counts of attempted capital murder, as a third occupant of the house was treated for smoke inhalation after getting out of the house, police said. After Madison died, the charges were upgraded to capital murder.

The case is still being evaluated and officials said they have not determined if they will seek the death penalty against Lloyd.

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