CONROE, Texas – Terry Lee, 40, has died from injuries she recieved after being beaten, doused with gas and set on fire inside her home. 90 percent of Lee’s body was burned. Police said they went to the house after a fire alarm went off. John Marshall Dodd, Lee’s boyfriend of 3-months, was still at the residence and admitted to pouring gasoline over Lee and lighting her with a match.
Lee’s 15-year-old daughter was out of town at cheerleading camp when the attack occurred.
Dodd, a personal trainer at a local gym, was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with murder. He is in the Montgomery County Jail with bond set at $250,000.
“He has been what I would describe as somewhat cooperative,” Conroe Police Sgt. Mike Tindall said. “He really has shown very little remorse throughout.”
Tindall said the couple had been out on a brief date earlier Saturday evening for about an hour-and-a-half or two hours before returning back to Lee’s house, where Dodd would occasionally spend the night. They got into a quarrel, which escalated and became violent, he said.
“At this point, we don’t know what the argument was about,” said Tindall. “The argument turned physical. The victim suffered facial fractures … He struck her with something, whether it was with his hands or some type of weapon he picked up in the house. At some point, he went out into the garage of the residence, retrieved a can full of gas, poured the gasoline on her and ignited it.”
Investigators were never able to talk to Lee, as she never regained consciousness before dying.