A Fort Payne man was charged with murder Tuesday after an Anniston man, doused with gasoline and set aflame last week, died, police said on Wednesday.
Samuel Sims, 57, was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham with burns to about 80 percent of his body on Oct. 4 and died there four days later, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said on Wednesday.
According to Price, Fort Payne police and DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies arrested Roderick Keith Orr, 56, on charges related to the incident in Anniston. Price said Anniston police then took Orr to the Calhoun County Jail.
On Oct. 4, Orr and Sims had been arguing all day prior to a fight that occurred around 5:30 p.m. that night, Anniston police Sgt. Shaun Firestone said last week. The sergeant said it appeared one or both of the men had been drinking alcohol.
During the fight, at a home in the 500 block of 12 1/2 Street, Sims stabbed Orr, Firestone said. Orr’s stab wound was not life-threatening, Firestone said.
After Orr was stabbed, he picked up a nearby gas can and poured gasoline over Sims, the sergeant said. It was still not apparent on Wednesday how the gas was ignited, Price said.
Sims was flown to UAB and Orr was taken to Regional Medical Center with the stab wound and burns to his legs. Orr was later released from RMC while investigators continued to work on the case, Firestone said.