Man accused of lighting girlfriend on fire and letting her burn


A Telfair County woman was in critical condition after boyfriend allegedly set her on fire with rubbing alcohol.

Barbara Williams, 56, who lives in the southern Telfair town of Jacksonville, was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta after she was set ablaze about 1 a.m. Saturday, Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson stated in a release.

Investigators believe her boyfriend, James Michael Jones, 56, of Roberson Town Lane, had spent the evening drinking before pouring rubbing alcohol on Williams and setting her on fire.

Jones allegedly failed to render aid, and Williams ran to a neighbor’s yard.

She suffered burns to her leg, abdomen, chest and head.

Jones was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery under the Family Violence Act.

Additional charges could be filed pending changes in the victim’s condition, the sheriff said.

Jones is being held in the Telfair County Jail.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines