SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg County man pleaded guilty Monday to murdering a pregnant woman and burning her body with kerosene, according to Solicitor Barry Barnette.
Wilford Lee Jr., 53, was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of 28-year-old Christina Michelle Humphries.
The autopsy showed Humphries was still alive when she was set on fire, according to Barnette.
Her body was found in a wooded area near the 700 block of South Center Street in August 2015.
Humphries was 15 to 16 weeks pregnant with a boy. Lee wasn’t the father, according to Barnette.
The solicitor says DNA evidence connected Lee to the crime scene, including the victim and Lee’s car.
Lee admitted to repeatedly hitting Humphries with his fist during an argument in his car. He also admitted to setting Humphries on fire to try to cover up the crime, according to Barnette.
“The brutality of it all is immeasurable,” Barnette said in a statement.
Lee is a sex offender with a previous conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.