Central Valley

Fresno police: Woman torched over pot dispute

A Fresno man who police say set a housemate on fire because of a dispute over marijuana plants was booked Tuesday on charges of attempted murder and arson.

Jerry Mayberry, 37, is accused of dousing a 40-year-old woman with an accelerant and setting her on fire Oct. 6 at a house in the 1000 block of Klette Avenue. There were about 100 marijuana plants in the southwest Fresno home, police said.

The woman sustained third-degree burns on more than 40% of her body and is in critical condition at Community Regional Center. Mayberry was also burned in the fire, receiving second- and third-degree burns on more than 15% of his body.

The house was destroyed.

Mayberry also was booked on charges of torture, mayhem and domestic violence.

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