Charges Dropped Against Attorney Accused of Setting Girlfriend on Fire

Updated: 06/16/2014 11:13 AM
Created: 06/16/2014 11:09 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Charges have been dropped against a Minnesota attorney who was accused of setting his girlfriend on fire.

Sixty-one-year-old David Gherity was charged with first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree arson, but investigators say Gherity had a substantiated alibi at the time of the Feb. 9 incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Burnsville firefighters were called to a condominium on the 12000 block of Parkwood Drive on a report of a smoke alarm. When crews arrived, they found a woman on fire.  

The woman lost an ear and suffered burns to her scalp, face, neck, legs and one hand, according to the complaint.

The complaint says an analysis of the woman's clothes found alcohol for drinking, lotion, "and possibly hair spray and fingernail polish remover." The woman, who was in a medically-induced coma until March 7, told police she does not use hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover.

The incident is still under investigation.

Sixty-one-year-old David Gherity
Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office

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