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Woman Arrested For Fire That Killed Her Husband

 “[She] doused me with gasoline and lit me on fire. She is trying to kill me.”

A Virginia man who was badly burned in a fire at his house earlier this month died Monday and his wife has been charged with igniting the flames.

According to Fredericksburg.com, Scott Bartosch Jr., 51, died from injuries he suffered during a May 1 house fire. Police were not able to interview him, but court records state that a witness at the scene told police that Bartosch said his wife “doused me with gasoline and lit me on fire. She is trying to kill me.”

Lisa Schulken Bartosch, 52, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding, and arson. The attempted murder charge was filed against the wife before Scott Bartosch died and may now be upgraded as a result of his death.

According to the report, a neighbor called 911 and reported seeing a man running with severe burn injuries to his upper body, and a naked woman outside holding two knives. Both were taken to hospitals and the wife refused to speak with police at the scene, multiple affidavits state. In fact, Lisa Bartosch repeatedly screamed when anyone got close to her.

A knife was taken from the wife, according to the Associated Press. Police also found a gasoline can in the scorched home, an affidavit stated.

The Stafford Sheriff's Office said the injury to Lisa Bartosch's face depicted in her booking photo occurred after the incident that led to her arrest, according to Fredericksburg.com.

[Stafford’s Sheriff’s Office]

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