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October 16, 2013

Burn victim dies from severe injuries

ANDERSON — Melanie Lyons died Monday from injuries she suffered in a fire earlier this summer.

On July 10, the 38-year-old Anderson woman was airlifted to Wishard Memorial Hospital’s burn unit in Indianapolis with burns on 90 percent of her body.

Lyons’ mother, Sonya Troub, spoke to The Herald Bulletin in July and claimed a man broke into her daughter’s apartment around 1 a.m. while she was sleeping on the couch, dumped accelerant on Lyons and lit her on fire.

Troub claimed the attacker was sent by James Kilgore, who was an ex-husband of one of Lyons’ daughters and was a suspect in a molesting case against another of Lyons’ daughters.

Troub thought Kilgore had arranged to have her daughter killed so she couldn’t testify against Kilgore when the molest case went to trial.

Anderson Police Department public information officer Joel Sandefur said the investigation into Troub’s claims is still being worked on but no arrests have been made.

“All we can really say at this point is the investigation is still ongoing,” Sandefur said. “I don’t know what impact her death will have on it.”

At the time of the fire, detectives were unable to determine if the burning was accidental or an attack. Three months later, they’re still uncertain in part because of their inability to speak with Lyons until recently.

Sandefur said investigators were able to speak with Lyons briefly before she passed away, but he would not comment on what the conversation entailed.

Kilgore, who was in the Madison County Jail the night Lyons was burned, denied all of the allegations Troub made.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said his office has received no instruction from the police regarding the incident.

Troub declined to comment Wednesday about the state of the investigation.

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