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posted: 2/28/2013 9:18 AM

Trial set for downstate man accused of burning girlfriend

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WEST FRANKFORT -- A southern Illinois man accused of dousing his girlfriend with chemicals and setting her on fire will go on trial in April.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan says a Franklin County judge on Wednesday affirmed that 28-year-old Christopher Rollins' trial will begin April 2.

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The West Frankfort man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery.

West Frankfort police have said that emergency responders dispatched last August to a report of a woman burning in a backyard found smoke coming from the home, then found 22-year-old victim Tessa Leech and components of a meth lab.

Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body.

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