Virginia woman charged in man’s death in storage unit fire

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GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a woman allowed her estranged boyfriend to live in her storage unit where he burned to death after she locked it, preventing his escape from a blaze that started inside.

Kelly Lynn Goff, 46, was arraigned on manslaughter and abduction charges Tuesday in Washington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, The Bristol Herald-Courier reported.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Glade Spring Mini-Storage facility on Saturday afternoon where someone reported a body had been found inside a unit following a fire, according to a criminal affidavit filed by Det. Marty Lloyd.

Lloyd located Goff, who rented the storage unit, and she told him that Lampkins had been staying inside it. She said they shared a child together. Security video from the last time Goff was at the unit shows her closing the door and locking it as she leaves, Lloyd said. Later, the video captured a fire burning inside as Lampkins tries unsuccessfully to free himself, the affidavit stated. The door had been locked from the outside, investigators found.

The fire was likely started by a heater inside the unit, Sheriff Blake Andis added.

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