HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man faces a murder charge after his wife died from burns she received in January during what investigators have described as a domestic violence incident, police announced Thursday.
Susan P. Harper, 53, died Monday at Memorial Hermann Hospital. On Jan. 23, witnesses reported seeing Harper on fire and running near vehicles in a parking lot in north Houston.
Those nearby helped put out the flames on her body and called police.
Harper had been arguing with her husband, Darryl Wayne Tindol, when he doused her with some flammable liquid that authorities are still trying to identify, said Houston police spokesman John Cannon.
Investigators are also still working to determine if a cigarette Harper was smoking then caught on fire after she was doused with the liquid or if Tindol set her on fire another way, Cannon said.
Tindol, 47, was originally charged with aggravated assault of a family member. Police said that charge against Tindol was upgraded to murder with Harper's death. Tindol is jailed without bond.
Tindol's attorney did not immediately return a phone call on Thursday.