Prosecution rests in trial for woman accused of lighting husband on fire

Shriya Biman Patel
Shriya Biman Patel

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Defense attorneys for the Austin woman accused of setting her husband on fire will make their case tomorrow.

Investigators say Shriya Patel planned the attack and lured her husband, Bimal, into the bathroom for a massage, then dumped gasoline on him and lit him on fire.

But the defense says Bimal’s death was a suicide and that he set himself on fire.

Closing arguments could happen by Friday afternoon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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