A Georgia man has been charged with killing his wife’s divorce attorney and setting the man’s office on fire.
Authorities found attorney Douglas Lewis dead inside his Lawrenceville office building after fire crews put out a fire there late Wednesday afternoon, WSB reported.
Officials said they saw a man walking away from the scene with burn injuries and identified him as 65-year-old Allen Tayeh. Court documents revealed that Lewis represented Tayeh’s ex-wife when they divorced.
Gwinnett County police said that Tayeh used gasoline as an accelerant when he set Lewis’s office on fire sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m. In addition to burn injuries, Tayeh’s pants and hair were charred from setting the fire.
Investigators said Tayeh was carrying a gun, but they were unable to determined Lewis’s cause of death because his body was badly burned.
A colleague of Lewis told WSB that the scenario is “something that every lawyer worries about in the back of their mind.”
Court records show that a hearing in the divorce case was scheduled for next week. Tayeh is being held without bond.
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[Featured image: Allen Tayeh/Gwinnett County Jail Douglas Lewis/dwlewislaw.com]