DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The capital murder trial begins on Monday for the man accused of setting an elderly convenience store clerk on fire in May of last year.
The suspect, 38-year-old Matthew Johnson, is accused of setting 76-year-old Nancy Harris on fire during an attempted robbery at a Fina gas station in Garland.
Harris was able to provide police with a good description of her attacker before dying from her injuries five days later.
When Garland police arrived on the scene, they reported seeing a flash and watched as the victim stepped outside while on fire. Detectives say she was doused with a liquid and intentionally set on fire. Police helped to extinguish Harris with a fire extinguisher.
Police believe Johnson is responsible for this crime and a number of other thefts.
According to investigators, Johnson was arrested after they received numerous calls about a man trying to break into residential houses near the gas station.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Opening statements begin at the Frank Crowley Courts Building at 9 a.m. on Monday.
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