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.