GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (TCD) -- A 65-year-old man stands accused of killing his ex-wife’s divorce attorney and setting his office building on fire.
On the night of Wednesday, Dec. 7, Lawrenceville officials responded to a fire at a law office building on Stone Mountain Street, WSB-TV reports. According to WAGA-TV, inside the building, authorities found the burned body of attorney Douglas Lewis.
Allen Tayeh was reportedly seen walking away from the office building with burn injuries, and he was identified as a primary suspect. The victim was allegedly representing Tayeh’s ex-wife in their divorce proceedings. Tayeh and his ex-wife were reportedly scheduled to appear for a court hearing in their divorce case on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
According to WSB, authorities learned Tayeh doused Lewis’ office with gasoline and set it on fire. Tayeh was reportedly found with a gun, but police did not confirm how the victim died because his body was burned.
In a statement obtained by WAGA, Lawrenceville police Lt. Jake Parker said, "The suspect that was detained actually had injuries that were consistent with being in or near the fire. He had burns on the pants, singed hair."
On Thursday, Dec. 8, Tayeh was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail for malice murder and first-degree arson, records show. He remains held without bond.