• Trial stalls for man accused of burning girlfriend

    by  • March 29, 2013 • News

    The southern Illinois trial for a man accused of dousing his girlfriend with chemicals and setting her on fire has been

    Christopher Rollins

    Christopher Rollins

    delayed over a switch in defense attorneys.

    The Southern Illinoisan reports that a judge in Franklin County postponed Christopher Rollins’ trial after accepting a request by his attorney to withdraw from the case. The judge appointed a public defender to represent 28-year-old Rollins.

    The trial on an aggravated battery charge was to have been held next week.

    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 they found 22-year-old victim Tessa Leech and components of a meth lab.

    Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body.