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Woman set afire dies; suspect charged

Citizen Staff Writer
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A woman set on fire last fall, allegedly by a man she had dated, died of her injuries Wednesday.

Angela Marie Hudson, 44, died in a Phoenix-area burn center, Sheri Hill, a family spokeswoman said.

She suffered severe burns on her face, shoulders and upper chest, Tucson police said.

“She was a pretty girl,” said Hill, who said she had known Hudson for some 40 years.

“Angie was sweet. She was never married, never had children. She would never hurt anyone,” Hill said.

Anthony Lewis, 51, now faces a first-degree murder charge.

Lewis was named in an arrest warrant after the Sept. 22 attack. He was arrested Oct. 23, 2008, trying to cross the border into Canada near Bellingham, Wash.

He remains in the Pima County Jail on $500,000 cash-only bond.

Police said the suspect poured gasoline on Hudson and set her on fire. Hudson ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

The neighbor put her in the shower to extinguish the flames, said Sgt. Mark Robinson, a police spokesman.

The attack occurred outside the woman’s home in the 1600 block of East Grant Road, police said last year.

“What this man did to her was horrific,” Hill said of the attack.

“I don’t see how anybody could do this to another human being,” Hill said. “She knew this guy since long ago.”

He said Hudson and Lewis dated five to 10 years ago, when they both lived in Chicago.

Hudson broke off the relationship and moved to California, but Lewis followed her there, Hill said.

Lewis then followed Hudson to Phoenix and then to Tucson, Hill said.

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