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Concord man charged in sister's burning waives arraignment

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 16. 2016 12:55PM

CONCORD — A man accused of dousing his twin sister with gasoline and then setting her on fire Thursday waived arraignment Friday in Concord Circuit Court.

Not guilty pleas were entered for Dwayne Crawford, 37, of 66 Woodbine Ave., to charges of attempted first-degree murder, arson, first-degree assault, reckless conduct for placing another in danger and criminal mischief. He is being held without bail in the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 28.

His sister, Tamika Crawford, 37, is in a Boston hospital, where she is being treated for third-degree burns described by police as severe and disfiguring.

She was burned early Thursday morning inside the Woodbine Avenue home where she, her two children and her brother all reside.

“I did it. I lit her on fire,” Dwayne Crawford, 37, told an officer when he arrived at their home about 2:45 a.m., according to court documents.

Tamika Crawford was injured inside the home, but was found outside in a snowbank when police and firefighters arrived.

Conscious, Tamika yelled to an officer, “My brother did this, my brother did this ... you have to arrest him.” 

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