Prosecutor: Man confesses to setting fiancée on fire because she was wearing makeup

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A Raleigh County man told investigators he set his fiancée on fire because she was wearing makeup, according to prosecutors. 

Dwayne Lane, 47 of Beckley, appeared before Judge Burnside on Wednesday morning for a bond hearing.

Lane is accused of setting his fiancée, Belinda Cox, on fire at her home on Earle Street in Beckley on September 17, 2017.  Cox passed away on October 4, 2017. According to Beckley police, Cox died of a cardiac arrest due to her burns.

During the hearing on Wednesday, Prosecutor Kristin Keller released a motive behind the heinous act. Keller said Lane told investigators he doused Cox in gasoline and set her on fire because she was wearing makeup.  He said when he saw her wearing it, he became jealous and the two began fighting.  He’s also accused of trying to burn down Cox’s home with two children inside. 

Lane was indicted by a grand jury back in January for murder, gross child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury or death and domestic battery. Bond was denied at Wednesday’s hearing.  He’s being held in isolation at the Southern Regional Jail.  His trial date should be scheduled within the next couple of weeks. 

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