Georgia man accused of murdering ex-wife’s divorce attorney sets fire to office

A Georgia man is accused of killing his ex-wife’s divorce attorney and setting her office building on fire.

The Lawrenceville Police Department responded to the fire on Stone Mountain Street around 5:30 pm Wednesday evening. After crews extinguished the fire, they found the body of attorney Douglas Lewis inside the building.

Authorities say they saw a man walking away from the scene with burns and found a handgun in the ashes.

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Police arrested 65-year-old Allen Taye and charged him with murder and arson.
(Fox 5)

“The suspect that was taken into custody had injuries that were actually in or near the fire, he had burns on his pants, his hair was burned,” Lawrenceville Police Lt. Jake Parker said.

Police arrested 65-year-old Allen Taye and charged him with murder and arson. Police said he was found with a handgun and his pants and hair burned.


Police say between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Taye set Lewis’ office on fire with a gasoline can.

Police have not officially determined how Lewis died, saying the body was destroyed by fire.

Later, court documents showed that Lewis defended Taye’s wife during the divorce proceedings. Police have not released a motive, but court records show that a divorce hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday morning.

Taye was being held without bond Thursday in the Gwinnett County Jail.

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