Burned woman's husband charged with attempted murder

LAKELAND - Joshua Kimbrough is facing attempted first degree murder, arson and false imprisonment charges for allegedly setting his wife on fire inside their Lakeland home Friday night.

He made his first court appearance Sunday clad in an orange jumpsuit.

Police say the 32-year-old Kimbrough doused his 26-year-old wife, Megan Kimbrough, with a flammable liquid as she sat on a recliner in the home and then set her on fire.

Neighbors told ABC Action News they smelled gasoline on the woman when she ran outside aflame.

Megan tried to flee from the Stella Avenue home she shared with her husband, but police said her husband tried to prevent her from leaving.

"She started hollering and I look up and she was completely in flames and running toward us," explained neighbor Michael Barnes.

Neighbors helped put the flames out and had Megan roll in some wet grass.

When police arrived, Megan was still conscious and an arrest affidavit shows she was able to tell officers her husband lit her on fire before going unconscious.

Megan remains in the burn unit at Tampa General Hospital and is burned over 80% of her body. At Kimbrough's first court appearance, prosecutors told the judge Megan is not expected to live, at which point, her husband, upon hearing the news, is seen on camera shrugging his shoulders and then tell the judge, 'I am done with this [expletive] show.'

Kimbrough was arrested Saturday after police said he went on a crime spree.  According to the arrest affidavit, after Megan was burned, Joshua took off on foot and stopped in at the Fast Stop convenience store on Memorial Boulevard.  The store is a quarter mile from the home.

Police said surveillance camera shows Kimbrough taking off his white t-shirt and throwing it in the garbage. They said he went into the store, took a black shirt and put it on and also got a drink before he left without paying.

Kimbrough then got into the front passenger side of a 2006 Toyota Senna where two women were sitting, the affidavit states.  Kimbrough told the female behind the wheel to drive but she refused, at which point, Kimbrough pulled a black handgun out and pointed it at the driver, police said.

Police said when Kimbrough noticed the other woman sitting in the back seat, he pointed the gun at her and told her to get out of the car.  All three struggled and both women got away, officers said.

Kimbrough allegedly jumped into the driver's seat and then took off down Memorial Boulevard.

Police said Kimbrough then burglarized a residence in the 900 block of Fenton Lane and used a credit card stolen from the residence at the Exxon-Mobil station in the 3400 block of U.S. 98 North.

During his arrest, Kimbrough was bitten by two K-9 dogs while being apprehended and was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Police have not given a motive for the crimes but neighbors told ABC Action News the couple often fought.

Kimbrough is also charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping, armed carjacking with a firearm, and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Kimbrough remains in the Polk County Jail.

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