BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teenager is charged in the slaying of an 85-year-old man who was doused with gasoline and set on fire.
Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said in a statement Thursday that 18-year-old Thomas Sims was arrested and charged with capital murder in Gene Dacus’s death.
Police said Dacus and the suspect had some type of encounter Wednesday, when witnesses reported a fire in a backyard and saw the suspect running down an alley with a red gas jug.
Dacus was found severely burned lying on the ground in the backyard and pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was captured nearby.
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Authorities say the capital murder charge stems from the theft of Dacus’s truck. They’re still looking for a second suspect.
It’s unclear if Sims has an attorney.