Woman set afire by boyfriend dies

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ATHENS, Ga. -- A 42-year-old woman died in an Augusta hospital Saturday, 12 days after her boyfriend allegedly doused her with kerosene and set her on fire.

Elisa Denise "Lisa" Davenport died about 5 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, due to complications from burns that covered more than 60 percent of her body from the Aug. 17 attack, her brother, Eric Davenport, said Sunday.

"The trauma that her body went through was just too much for her to hold on," he said.

Police plan to take out warrants today charging 49-year-old Phillip Scruggs with murder, according to Capt. Clarence Holeman, commanding officer of Centralized Criminal Investigations for the Athens-Clarke police.

Scruggs already is held without bail at the Clarke County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and first-degree arson.

Scruggs set Davenport on fire about 4 a.m. at Bethel Midtown Village north of downtown as she tried to end an abusive relationship, police and relatives said.

Holeman knew Davenport might not survive the severe burns.

"From the injuries she sustained, it was amazing that she lived as long as she did," Holeman said. "But still, a kind of shock went through me when I found out that she died."

Lisa Davenport's relatives traveled frequently to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, but she never regained consciousness.

Scruggs seriously injured Davenport in 2001, when he kidnapped her and took her to Trail Creek Street, beat and stabbed her with a screwdriver, then left her for dead, relatives said.

A Clarke County grand jury indicted him on charges of kidnapping, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault and violating the state Family Violence Act, and as part of a plea agreement, Scruggs pleaded guilty to kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery.

A judge sentenced him to three years in prison and seven on probation, but with credit for the time he served at the county jail, Scruggs got out of prison in September 2004.

Davenport had moved on by then, and worked cleaning homes and baby-sitting, but Scruggs made his was back into her life about a year ago, and the fighting continued, Eric Davenport said.

The victim's brother thinks Scruggs deserves the death penalty if he's convicted.

"He finally achieved what he wanted to do - take my sister's life," Eric Davenport said.

"He didn't shoot or stab her, but he set her on fire, and set more fire in her house in a way that made it almost impossible for her to escape," Eric Davenport said. "Then, he just sat across the street to watch what happened, until people pointed him out to the police.

Lisa Davenport is survived by her mother, father, two brothers, a sister, daughter and two grandchildren.

Her only daughter, Schatara Carter, is six-and-a-half months pregnant with a third child.

The family can't to make funeral arrangements until after medical examiners perform an autopsy that was scheduled for Sunday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations State Crime Lab.

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tazkarz
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tazkarz 08/30/09 - 03:44 pm
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prays out to her family. the

prays out to her family. the same thing needs to happen to the boyfriend let him see how she felt.

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mosovich 08/30/09 - 03:47 pm
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I say let HIM burn..

I say let HIM burn..

workingmom
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workingmom 08/30/09 - 03:53 pm
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Such a sad way to end a

Such a sad way to end a person's life. I hope that every young woman can learn to see signs of abuse BEFORE the relationship goes too far. When there is abuse (physical, mental or emotional) abuse in a family, the children have a greater chance of repeating that cycle when they are involved in a relationship of their own.

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Nammy3 08/30/09 - 04:17 pm
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This is so sad. God Bless her

This is so sad. God Bless her and her family.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/30/09 - 04:26 pm
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My condolences to the family.

My condolences to the family. This [filtered word] should get the death penalty, the same he gave to her, and soon!!!!!

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opiner 08/30/09 - 04:53 pm
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Boyfriend? This [filtered word]cannot be

Boyfriend? This [filtered word]cannot be reintroduced to any society. He should be salvaged for body parts and composted.

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SC-LSU-Fan 08/30/09 - 06:21 pm
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Have you seen the movie The

Have you seen the movie The Green Mile? They should do to the boyfriend what that guard did to that one prisoner with the dry sponge!!

juliebac
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juliebac 08/30/09 - 06:37 pm
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Sad...prayers go out to her

Sad...prayers go out to her family, and for her.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/30/09 - 09:21 pm
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TWELVE DAYS in pain to die?

TWELVE DAYS in pain to die? Set HIM on fire...

ripjones
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ripjones 08/30/09 - 10:34 pm
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Kill him !! Slowly,

Kill him !! Slowly, painfully. Make it take twelve days...

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/31/09 - 08:28 am
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The cycle of abuse can be

The cycle of abuse can be rather insidious. When one is raised in an abusive situation, it can make that environment seem to be strangely enough, comfortable and familiar, abused people are too often attracted to abusive personalities like a moth to the flame. Counseling is sometimes necessary to break that cycle. Denial and rationalization are obstacles to getting help. Family members that believe the abuser over the abused and enable him or her and deny the spouse credibility are others. (Undeserved loyalty). My heart goes out to this victim. How many more do we not know about? I hope they start seeing the signs and get help discreetly, find out how to get out SAFELY, before it is too late.

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witness 08/31/09 - 08:28 am
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He does not deserve to live,

He does not deserve to live, he should die a slow painful death as Ms. Davenport did over a twelve day period. I pray for the family of Ms. Davenport that God gives them strength to carry on and as for that piece of trash, may God have mercy on his soul.

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Opinionated one1 08/31/09 - 09:54 am
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Coolences tohe family of Ms

Coolences tohe family of Ms Davenport. Slow death to her killer.

Native007
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Native007 08/31/09 - 10:38 am
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I'm really sorry for the

I'm really sorry for the family. What a horrible and inhumane way to die.

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