Man indicted for allegedly setting girlfriend on fire

Michael Slager

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A Columbus man was indicted Wednesday for allegedly setting his girlfriend on fire.

It is alleged in the indictment that Michael Slager threw gasoline on his girlfriend, who is 31, and then set her on fire behind the Speedway gas station at Stygler and Agler roads on Aug. 2.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Slager, 40, for one count of aggravated arson (F1), one count of felonious assault (F2), and one count of possession of criminal tools (F5).

Witnesses called 911 and the victim was transported to an area hospital where she still remains in critical condition.

“If convicted on all charges, Slager faces in excess of ten years in prison,” O’Brien said.

Slager will be arraigned next Monday, Aug. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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