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Man Accused Of Setting Man On Fire Deemed Competent To Stand Trial

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Man Accused Of Setting Man On Fire Deemed Competent To Stand Trial

CREATED Jun 16, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man accused of setting another man on fire during an argument over a cell phone has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Metropolitan Nashville Police charged Mena M. Boutrous with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated arson following the incident at Tornado Wireless on Lafayette Street on May 10.

Police said the 28-year-old was upset after an employee refused to refund the money for a phone he had recently purchased that wasn’t working.

Boutrous then allegedly went to his car and got a can of gasoline before returning to the store.

Investigators said a scuffle broke out between Boutrous and the employee after the suspect reportedly poured gasoline onto the store’s counter. He then allegedly poured gas on the employee before pulling out a lighter and igniting it. Both the victim and the store caught on fire.

Everyone got out of the store, and a witness subdued Boutrous until police arrived.

The victim suffered severe burns to his face and torso, and was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Vanderbilt doctors interviewed Boutrous several days after the incident, and said he seemed to have a rational understanding of what he did. After consulting with attorneys, they said he could not plead insanity.

He was held at the Metropolitan Jail on $1-million bond. His trial was set for Thursday.

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