DAILYKENN.com -- Cesar “Chilango” Torres-Acevedo, 34, is charged with setting a man on fire and leaving him to burn next to a North Carolina highway.
News reports say the alleged attacker and his victim had a dispute relating to an illegal drug transaction.
Seven months after a man was set on fire and left to burn near the shoulder of Interstate 40/85 in Burlington, a suspect has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
The Burlington Police Department obtained on Wednesday a warrant for the arrest of Cesar “Chilango” Torres-Acevedo, 34, of Burlington, who is being held in the Gaston County jail after being arrested on unrelated methamphetamine trafficking charges earlier this month. No bond was set Wednesday for the murder charge.
Torres-Acevedo is accused of killing Juan Mario Martinez Trujillo, 56, of Hillsborough, whom he allegedly set on fire the evening of June 13 and who died Aug. 24 as a result of his injuries.
Police say the two men were acquaintances and had connections to one another through illegal drug transactions.
“They ran in the same circles,” said Lt. Chris Gaddis, of the Burlington Police Department. “We believe that there was a relationship built upon the distribution of narcotics.”
At 7:58 p.m. June 13, Alamance County Central Communications began receiving calls from a number of people concerned about a man running around while on fire on a gravel area near Hatchery Road, which runs along Interstate 40/85 near N.C. 62.
There, first responders encountered Trujillo, who was “suffering from extensive serious injuries as a result of burning by fire,” according to an application for a search warrant related to the investigation of the murder and a conspiracy to traffic cocaine. — thetimesnews.com
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