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Longview man charged with setting roomate's legs on fire; bond set at $250,000

From Staff Reports
Dec. 4, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.

A Longview man was in jail Tuesday, charged with setting his sleeping roommate on fire.

Jeremy Kellum, 32, of Longview was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Monday and charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury after on Saturday he lit Raymond Hellwig's legs on fire, according to the criminal complaint filed by investigators for his arrest.

According to the complaint, another roommate, Donnie Mayo, told police he saw "Kellum put lighter fluid on Hellwig's pant legs and set Mr. Hellwig's legs on fire."

The two had argued earlier that night, and Kellum made threats to burn the building in the 1200 block of Alpine Road to the ground.

Investigators said they spoke with Hellwig at Good Shepherd Medical Center where he was immediately taken before being moved to the Burn Unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

According to the criminal complaint, Hellwig and Kellum were arguing about "an assault he (Kellum) committed on Mayo.

Hellwig told police Kellum told him he would "burn him up."

Kellum woke with "extreme leg pain" and "looked down at his feet and saw that his pants/legs were on fire," according to his arrest affidavit.

Hellwig had burns on his left leg below the knee and his right leg around the ankle, according to the criminal complaint.

A nurse told police Hellwig had second-degree burns.

Kellum was held Tuesday in the Gregg County Jail; his bond was set at $250,000.



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