Thursday, June 03, 2010

Guilty verdict for setting homeless man on fire

A Daytona Beach man was found guilty today of attempted voluntary manslaughter for setting a homeless man on fire in dispute over money.

A jury deliberated for about four hours before finding John R. Harper, 46, guilty. He faces up to 10 years in prison as a habitual felony offender. He will be sentenced July 13.

Harper argued about money with Dean Fultz last September. Fultz, who lived in a homeless camp, was hit in the head and knocked to the ground before he agreed to take Harper to the camp to get the money they were arguing about.

Harper was seen with a fuel can in his hand as they walked to the camp and Fultz was then seen running with his clothes on fire.

Fultz suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns over 30% of his body.

Read the Orlando Sentinel report here.


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