Sheriff: Man beat his girlfriend, set her car on fire

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 7:40 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 37-year-old Lexington County man is accused of beating his girlfriend, then setting her car on fire. Flames from that fire spread to a house.

According to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Jeremiah Luke Humphries is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of third-degree arson.

Sheriff Jay Koon said Humphries assaulted his girlfriend in front of a Porth Circle home, then torched her car, which caused the house to catch on fire.

Those who live along Lake Murray are still talking about the damage left behind.

"I got closer to the house and saw the flames," said Clint Turner, of Lexington. "At that point, I really didn't even know what had happened."

It's a lasting sign of a violent evening that unfolded on the shores of Lake Murray Monday night. That's when the Lexington County Sheriff's Department believes Humphries willfully and maliciously set fire to his girlfriend's car on Porth Circle, causing a roaring inferno to kick up.

"Her vehicle was on fire and the next thing was it caught the house on fire," Turner said. "It made no sense whatsoever."

"The suspect, Mr. Humphries was in a situation, where he was in an argument with his girlfriend. He then assaulted her during that argument," said Capt. Adam Myrick.

According to arrest warrants for Humphries, the assault was graphic. The accounts were that he choked the victim, hit her in the head with a large rock and slammed her to the ground.

"It's just a sad, sad situation," Turner said.

The Lexington County Fire Service eventually got the scene to quell the flames, keeping them from spreading to other homes.


Humphries remains at the Lexington County Detention Center after being denied bond Tuesday.

"He needs to spend some time in jail for what he's done," Turner said. "I hope there's no plea bargain agreement on this because he tried to destroy a man's house, and there's just no reason for it really."

Humphries does have a past criminal history in Lexington County. A background check showed that at the time of Monday's incident, he was on probation for a drug possession charge. He will continue to be held at the Lexington County Detention Center until his next court date.

The homeowner does have insurance on the property.

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