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McCully man charged after allegedly trying to set man on fire

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 1:13 p.m. HST, May 14, 2013

Witnesses told authorities that the suspect accused of trying to set a man on fire poured a liquid on the victim in an attempt to kill him.

Jamal Morris, who listed an Alexander Street address, has been charged with second-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly doused a 37-year-old man with a flammable fluid Saturday, police said.

His bail was set at $2,000.

Morris is scheduled to enter a plea in District Court Wednesday morning.

In a police affidavit filed in District Court this week, the victim told police he was playing drums at Da Spot restaurant on South King Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when the suspect approached him and began pouring liquid on his head and body.

The victim said he thought it was alcohol because it “began to burn his eyes and caused his eyes to close,” the document said.

A witness told police that said: “I’m gonna get you on fire” as the suspect tried to light the liquid with a lighter.

Another witness said she heard Morris say: “I got you; I’m going to kill you,” according to the court document.

A third witness told police Morris also said: “You did magic on me,” according to the court document.

A bottle of Grey Goose vodka was recovered at the scene with a quarter of its contents remaining along with a yellow lighter.

The victim did not need to be treated by city paramedics.

The victim told police that the suspect approached him for unknown reasons. No motive was given for the attack.

Police arrested Morris at about 11 p.m. at South King and Coolidge streets.

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