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Michigan Woman Who Allegedly Set Husband on Fire Now Charged in Butcher’s Arson Murder

Julie Boxley, 52, is currently behind bars for allegedly setting her husband on fire on Christmas Day in 2021.

By Dorian Geiger
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A Michigan woman who is accused of lighting her husband on fire nearly two years ago has now been charged with murder in the arson death of a prominent butcher shop owner.

Julie Boxley, 52, was arrested last week in connection with the murder of 72-year-old Glenn Andrews, who perished in a springtime house fire earlier this year. First-degree open murder and arson charges were filed on Friday in Marquette County, roughly eight months after the deadly blaze, according to online court records obtained by Oxygen.com.

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Andrews’ house caught fire in March. He’d become trapped inside and later died in a hospital on March 19.

How did Julie Boxley know Glenn Andrews, who she's accused of killing by arson?

Boxley had been living with Andrews and his wife, Linda, around the time of the suspected murder, the dead man’s family said. The arrangement involved Boxley caring for Andrews’ spouse, who’d been sick. She’d cared for the sick woman in the past, they added.

“She appeared on [Andrews'] front porch one day and said, ‘I need a job do you still need help,?’” Glenn’s daughter, Jill, told WLUC-TV. “And he said, 'yes,' and she said 'I also need a place to live,' and we thought 'this is great.'"

The alleged pyromaniac reportedly also spent numerous weeks recovering from the injuries she sustained in the fire, which prosecutors now say she lit. Boxley's family later raised more than $2,000 for her in the wake of the lethal blaze in order to help aid her recovery, the New York Post reported.

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Andrews' loved ones, meanwhile, said they were stunned to learn of Boxley’s alleged involvement in Andrews’ death.

“When the detective told us all the information that he had and then laid it all out for us I was completely beside myself,” Andrews’ daughter-in-law, Melissa, told WLUC-TV. “I couldn’t believe that a person like that, that was so invested in this family, would do that to them."

Andrews owned a local butcher shop, Glenn’s Smokehouse, in Ishpeming, Michigan. He had relocated from the Detroit area in recent years after having worked for decades at a separate butcher shop. In 2022, he was featured on a televised cooking segment on WLUC.

"I love sausages,” Andrews told WLUC during the segment. “I love flavors. I love mixing things.”

Julie Boxley is also accused of setting her husband on fire

Boxley is also charged with attempted murder of her estranged husband James Boxley, who she allegedly doused with a flammable liquid before setting him ablaze with a pack of matches at their apartment while he slept on Christmas in 2021. She’s pleaded not guilty. 

In August, James recounted the horrifying moment he awoke to find the blanket that was covering his body had burst into flames. 

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“I woke up by cold liquid [being poured] on me and right at the moment, I didn’t know exactly what was happening because I was, just came out of a deep sleep,” James said in court, according to WLUC. "It was a small flame, I could see it on top of me, and all of the sudden I realized what was going on."

James, who was uninjured in the incident, said that Boxley told him she hated him when he asked for an explanation as to why she tried lighting him on fire. Her lawyers have argued she was severely mentally ill at the time of the attack.

“Ms. Boxley has a history of mental illness, and I think that when we get all the stuff back from the forensic center, we will all see how severely ill she was at the time,” defense attorney Jennifer France said in August, according to WLUC.

Boxley is expected to appear in Marquette County court for her arraignment on murder charges in Andrews’ death on November 27, according to court records. It’s unclear if Boxley has retained legal counsel in her latest case. She’s currently in custody at an Alger County jail on charges related to the alleged attack on her husband earlier this year.

Boxley is also awaiting sentencing in a separate Marquette County case involving a May incident with Ishpeming City Police in which she’s accused of misdemeanor false reporting to law enforcement, according to 96th District Court records. She’s scheduled to be sentenced in that case on December 1.

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