Murder charge against man who fatally burned girlfriend

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wyndale Fayson, was charged with murder for setting his girlfriend on fire, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Fayson, 32, of Minneapolis was charged with the single count of second-degree intentional murder in Thursday’s fatal fire. No first appearance has been scheduled because Fayson remains hospitalized with serious burns.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to 36-year-old Vanessa Danielson’s apartment in the 2900 block of Taylor Street Northeast about 2:45 a.m. Thursday. She told police that her boyfriend, Fayson, had come to her apartment and became angry. Fayson grabbed her cell phone and smashed it and told her he would kill her by setting the place on fire. Fayson was gone when police arrived.

Danielson’s downstairs neighbor told investigators that at 3 a.m. he heard her screaming “he’s going to kill me, he has a gun.” The neighbor shouted up, asking if she was okay. When she said no, he called 911, the complaint states.

About 6:41 a.m., police again were sent to the same address on a report of a woman screaming. When they arrived, they saw the upstairs apartment on fire and the victim lying in the yard in front, badly burned. En route to the hospital, she told paramedics that she woke up on fire in bed and told another neighbor, who held her hand while waiting for paramedics, that “Wyndale,” is the one who set her on fire, according to the complaint.

Police found Fayson on his hands and knees about three blocks away. He was screaming in pain from severe burns to his body and was heard saying he should not have gone back to the house, the complaint states.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)