A Duncan man accused of beating, burning and killing a pregnant woman in August 2015 pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to life in prison.
Wilford Lee Jr., 52, was charged with murder in 2015 after Spartanburg police linked him to the death of 28-year-old Christina Michelle Humphries through forensic evidence.
Lee is not eligible for early release, 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said in the statement.
Humphries’ partially clothed body was found burned on a wooded pathway near an overpass on South Center Street in August 2015. She was found face down with burns to her head, shoulders and legs, Barnette said in a statement.
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Her autopsy revealed that she was still alive when she was set on fire, Barnette stated.
Humphries died as a result of blunt force trauma and burning by kerosene. according to Barnette. Lee admitted he set Humphries on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime, the solicitor said.
“This was a heinous crime,” Barnette said. “The brutality of it all is immeasurable.”
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Humphries was 16 to 18 weeks pregnant at the time. Lee wasn’t the father of the baby.
The month before she was killed, Humphries told police she had been assaulted, and she filed a police report accusing Lee of putting his hands around her neck and throwing her out of his car.