Megan Kimbrough, 26, died three months after she was doused in gasoline and lit on fire last August
11:00 PM, Aug 2, 2013
11:23 PM, Aug 2, 2013
LAKELAND, Fla. - It's been one year since Teddy Lawhorn's daughter was burned alive in Lakeland. Still, the emotional pain of her three month fight to survive and subsequent passing remains raw.
"A year later, it is still tough," said Lawhorn via Skype from his Indiana home. "It'll be tough ten years from now."
Megan Kimbrough, 26, was doused in gasoline and lit on fire inside the Lakeland home she shared with her husband, according to authorities in Polk County.
Police say Joshua Kimbrough barricaded Megan in the home after lighting her on fire. However, Megan was finally able to run out the front door and into the street where neighbors threw blankets on her to put out the flames.
Megan was burned over 80 percent of her body.
Lawhorn took pictures of his daughter's injuries. He says those images now haunt him.
"I still see that burn to her face. I see that a lot," Lawhorn said while choking back tears.
Airlifted to the burn unit, doctors did not think Megan would survive the night.
THE FIGHT TO SURVIVE
Megan would undergo more than 12 skin graft surgeries over the next three months.
During those surgeries, skin grafts the size of a postage stamp were used.
Changing Megan's bandages each day was a four hour process. She remained in a medically induced coma for a majority of the time, but did briefly regain consciousness.
Mabrey, who heard Megan's story on the news, stepped up and visited Megan at the hospital.
Mabrey was in the process of divorcing her husband, Christopher Hanney, in November 2009 when he attacked her in their Apollo Beach home. Hanney grabbed Mabrey, took her to the garage, beat her with a hammer, doused her with gasoline and then set her on fire after throwing a lit candle at her.
Police say after lighting his wife on fire, Kimbrough took off running from their Stella Avenue home and went on a crime spree. According to police, Kimbrough carjacked a family at gunpoint outside of a convenience store on East Memorial Boulevard.
Kimbrough was also caught on surveillance tape inside the convenience store shirtless and on the phone. Police say he stole a t-shirt from the store.
Polk County State Attorney spokesperson Brian Haas told ABC Action News on Friday that the case is not set for trial. However, attorneys have been taking depositions from witnesses, Haas said.
Kimbrough is also facing attempted kidnapping, armed carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, fraud, petit theft and resisting arrest charges.
He reportedly told police he did not remember committing any crimes because he was high on drugs. At his first appearance, upon being told Megan was not expected to survive, Kimbrough told the judge, "I am done with this [expletive] show."
Kimbrough is slated to be back in court on September 12 for a status hearing.
ABC Action News has requested an interview with Kimbrough but he has declined comment.
Lawhorn said he plans on attending Kimbrough's trial. He also said he wants to show him the gruesome photos of Megan.
"Her eyes are literally bulging out of her head. Her lips are completely swelled up," Lawhorn said.