Local man accused of trying to kill ex-girlfriend and her child

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Nov 19, 2007 - A Sulphur Springs man was awaiting arraingment this morning on a charge of the attempted murder of his former girlfriend and her 4-year-old child.

Daniel Dongrel “Spikey” Lindley, 24, was arrested at 5:29 p.m. Sunday on the first-degree felony charge of criminal attempt. Lindley was taken to the Hopkins County jail, where he remained this morning while police continue their investigation.

"We're just in the beginning stages of looking into it," Det. Rusty Stillwagoner said this morning, adding that several pieces of evidence were being sent to a crime lab for analysis, which could take months to complete.

Sulphur Springs Officer Jason Ames was sent to an apartment complex on East Park Street Sunday, where a woman said a man had thrown gasoline on her daughter, 22, and granddaughter, 4.

The 22-year-old woman was so shaken up Ames couldn’t understand what she was telling him. Ames was eventually told the woman and child were lying down on the bed when the window shattered and she suddenly smelled gasoline. She picked up the child and immediately ran out of the room.

In the bedroom of the second-story apartment, the officer found a broken window and shards of glass scattered on the bed. A quart Ball Mason jar with a small amount of gasoline in it was lying on the floor next to the bed. The sheets were wet and smelled of gasoline.

On the ground below the broken bedroom window was a beer bottle containing gasoline and a burning paper wick.

Police believe the Ball Mason jar was thrown through the window while the 22-year-old and her daughter were lying down on the bed.  A black mark next to the broken window is believed to have been left by the beer bottle after it was thrown at the window and missed the mark.

Stillwagoner said police also believe both containers of gas had paper wicks, but neither ignited the fuel. A partially burned piece of notebook paper stuck in the blinds of the broken window is believed to have served as the wick in the quart canning jar.

Officers were told the 22-year-old woman and Lindley had been dating for about four months before breaking up on Thursday. On Saturday, Officer Jameison Hawkins spoke with the woman after she'd received alarming calls from the ex-boyfriend, and the officer reported overhearing a telephone call wherein the caller said he was going to kill the woman.

She told police the man had said he would burn her apartment down, and if that didn't work, would shoot up the apartment.

Authorities learned that Lindley was in Commerce, and contacted Commerce police to detain him until local officers could pick him up. Commerce officers located Lindley and transported him to the Hopkins-Hunt county line, where he was tranfered to Sulphur Springs police officers and taken to the Hopkins County jail.

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