PASCAGOULA -- An Ocean Springs man is going to trial later this month on a charge accusing him of dousing his girlfriend in gasoline and setting her on fire, court records show.
Richard Lee Luss II, 28, was indicted on charges of aggravated domestic violence, tampering with a witness and subornation of perjury. He goes to trial Feb. 24 on the aggravated domestic violence charge.
Gautier police investigated the case along with agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Office.
Authorities responded Nov. 27, 2011, to a fire at the Gautier home Luss shared with the victim, a 22-year-old woman. They found the woman suffering from burns over more than 85 percent of her body.
She was in critical condition, unconscious and unable to tell authorities what had happened to her until March 26, 2012. That's when authorities arrested Luss.
Authorities said the woman was able to inform them Luss had thrown the gas
oline on her and set her on fire after the two argued.
Luss was jailed at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center, where he remains without bond.
He was indicted on the additional felony charges connected with the case. Those charges accused him of inducing an inmate at the jail to sign an affidavit saying he, not Luss, had committed the crime, though the inmate was actually in jail at the time.
If convicted of felony aggravated domestic violence, Luss could go to prison for up to 20 years.