Neighbors react to burning death of woman - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Neighbors react to burning death of woman

(WMC-TV) – Chopper 5 takes you to the usually peaceful neighborhood where Memphis Police found a horrific scene.

Neighbor James Drum told Action News 5, "She got burned."

Neighbors like Drum are trying to piece together what could have possible led to the moment when his neighbor, Gregory Powell, confessed to setting Powell's girlfriend on fire.

Drum says the couple just moved into the neighborhood in recent weeks.

"Nothing was outstanding. I mean, he was gone all day long, apparently working," Drum said.

Police say just before nine Friday night, Powell flagged down officers at the 201 Poplar Criminal Justice Complex.

Powell told them he had set his girlfriend on fire in the 3500 block of Coleman Avenue, near Treadwell Street.

Drum said, "They blocked off the whole street."

Officers took Powell into custody to check the home. They cordoned off Coleman, after arriving to a strong odor of smoke and gas and then found the victim unresponsive in the bathroom.

She had severe burns all over her body.

Drum says the last time he saw his neighbors Thursday, everything appeared fine.

"They weren't arguing, they weren't doing anything. I just saw them walk out to the car," Drum explained.

The Memphis Fire Department arrived and the victim was pronounced dead. Her 57-year-old boyfriend is charged with first degree murder.

Powell is due in court Monday.

If you know anything about this killing, contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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