Landlord Accused Of Setting Tenants On Fire

03/18/2015 11:14 am ET | Updated Mar 18, 2015

A Mississippi landlord is accused of dousing a pair of his tenants with lighter fluid and setting them on fire.

Police say that Kurt Dozier, 57, first confronted the married couple with a gun around 10 p.m. on Saturday, The Clarion-Ledger reports.

Dozier then allegedly poured lighter fluid on Tommy and Benita Bonds, who rented a house from the suspect near Byhalia, and sparked the blaze.

The couple was rushed to the hospital. The man was later discharged, but his wife was not as fortunate.

“If you could see the shape this lady is in -- she’s wrapped up, bandaged up, and I mean -- just that in itself is torture,” investigator Kelly McMillen, of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, told WREG.

Authorities arrested Dozier, who also had severe burns on his hands, which deputies say he suffered when he set his victims on fire, according to MyFoxMemphis.

The Clarion-Ledger reports:

According to the incident report, Dozier started yelling "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" after setting the couple on fire. Deputies said Dozier also yelled, "My life is over, I didn't mean it, I might as well kill myself."

Authorities arrested Dozier Sunday night after they located him hiding in a bedroom closet at his home.

He faces two charges of attempted murder, according to MyFoxMemphis. A motive for the attack wasn't immediately clear.

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