March 24, 2002
Three people beat, stun, and set fire to 19-year-old Audreanna Zimmerman (pictured) who dies 16 days later
The three attackers — Tina Brown (39), her daughter Britnee Miller (16), and neighbor Heather Lee (27) — invited Zimmerman to Brown’s house under the guise of smoothing over a previous, unspecified argument over a man. Miller later stated that, while the three had intended to attack Zimmerman, the original plan was not to kill her.
Once Zimmerman was in Brown’s home, the previous argument reignited. Zimmerman was beaten with a crowbar, stunned with a taser, put into the trunk of a car, and driven to a wooded area. She was then pulled from the trunk, doused with gasoline, set on fire, and left to die.
Zimmerman managed to run to a nearby house and call 911, and was able to tell a fire chief what had happened before she was taken to the local hospital. Zimmerman was later transferred to a burn ward in Mobile, Alabama where she was treated for second- and third-degree burns over 60% of her body. During treatment, Zimmerman slipped into a coma from which she never awoke, and died 16 days after the attack.
Brown was convicted of murder, the jury at her trial unanimously suggesting she be given the death penalty which was granted. She filed an appeal on the claim her attorneys were ineffective, though her appeal was denied in April 2019. Miller, who was a minor at the time of the killing, was exempt from the death penalty; she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lee pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against Brown, in turn receiving a more lenient sentence of 25 years in prison.
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