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Man, 63, charged after woman found suffering burns

One person has died after a two-vehicle accident in Dubuque County. (MGN)
One person has died after a two-vehicle accident in Dubuque County. (MGN)(KWQC)
Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 6:52 PM EST
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A suburban Detroit man has been charged with assault with intent to murder after a 62-year-old woman was set on fire.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 63-year-old William Helmer of Farmington Hills also is charged with aggravated assault. He was arraigned Thursday.

Police in Redford Township, just west of Detroit, were alerted Saturday that a 62-year-old woman was on the ground and that smoke was coming from her body. She suffered severe burns and was taken to a hospital.

Prosecutors say Helmer and the woman are acquaintances. Members of a police task force arrested Helmer Tuesday.

A probable cause conference and preliminary examination will be held Dec. 3. It was not immediately clear Thursday if Helmer has an attorney.

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Prosecutors say Helmer and the woman are acquaintances. Members of a police task force arrested Helmer Tuesday. 

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