Byas indicted on attempted murder
A Davidson County Grand Jury indicted a Thomasville man accused of dousing his wife with gasoline and setting her on fire.
According to Jo Black with the Davidson County Clerk of Courts Office, Portugal Byas, 69, was indicted on charges of attempted first degree murder, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and first degree arson. Byas currently is in the Davidson County Jail under a $1 million secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 22.
Thomasville police on Oct. 7 arrested Byas after responding to a domestic dispute on Leach Avenue. Police allege Portugal Byas doused his 33-year-old wife, Angela, with gasoline and lit her on fire at the couple's home in front of their two daughters, ages 14 and 15. Angela Byas remains in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with burns covering a majority of her body. She faces up to eight months of rehabilitation.
"This was particularly heinous crime ," Detective Sgt. Brad Saintsing said. "It was verbal dispute that escalated. The couple has a history of domestic violence."
Family members created the Angela Byas and Family Fund to help raise money for the victim and her two daughters. Donations can be made at any NewBridge Bank or Wells Fargo location.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.