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Homeless man charged with Calif. arson death

Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man suspected of setting a man on fire in a car outside a Southern California convenience store has been charged with murder.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say 38-year-old Raymond Sean Clark was charged Tuesday with murder with special circumstances. He remains jailed and prosecutors will decide whether to seek the death penalty.

Authorities say 63-year-old Jerry Payne was sitting in his SUV outside a Long Beach 7-Eleven on Friday when Clark walked up and tossed a flammable substance inside. The Long Beach man was enveloped in flames.

Bystanders helped douse Payne with water but he died at a hospital on Monday.

Clark was arrested nearby. Investigators are trying to determine what motivated the attack.

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