The 40 year old mother Tatanysha Hedman, waited for her husband to go to bed, then when he was asleep, she poured a combustible liquid on him and lit a match.Phillips ran from the couples apartment and entered a convenience store screaming, “I’m on fire!”
Investigators say Hedman set him on fire because he hurt her daughter, which is his stepchild. She told police that shooting him “was too nice.”
Phillips didn’t die in the blaze and is being charged with a 1st degree sex crime. Hedman faces arson charges and assault charges.
The state of mind of Hedman, at the time she set Phillips on fire, is being questioned, “should Hedman’s mental state at the time result in a lenient sentence when it comes time for the criminal court to address her situation of the crimes she is being charged with?”
The public are worried that the state will punish Hedman too harshly for her crime of passion.