On his eight birthday, Robbie Middleton was tied to a tree, gasoline poured on him and set on fire in 1998.
The attack left Robbie Middleton with third-degree burns to 99 per cent of his body. He was not expected to survive.
But in a story of staggering courage, Robbie lived. He endured 200 operations and endless therapy to repair the burns.
Tragically, he died just weeks short of his 21st birthday from a cancer which doctors blamed on the original injuries.Thirteen years later he names his attacker in chilling death-bed video.
Although he died 13 years later from cancer caused by the burns covering his body, he however in a 17 minute video recorded on his deathbed named the person responsible as Don Collins, he also alleged the attacker raped him two weeks before he was set on fire in Splendora, Texas, in 1998.
Don Collins, now 27, is to be charged with felony murder.
His accusations have opened the way for Collins, now a 27-year-old convicted sex offender, to be charged with felony murder.
The charge is only made for a criminal offence which has happened in conjunction with another crime.
Montgomery County attorney David Walker is changing the charges in order to be able to prosecute Don Collins as an adult, despite the fact that committed the crime as a juvenile.
Mr Walker also hopes that the additional accusations of sexual assault will not only explain the torching, but also explain why it took so long for Mr Collins to be prosecuted.
‘It was done to prevent Middleton from talking,' Walker told the Houston Chronicle. 'It provides the bridge that we needed for the delay, rather than saying we didn't have sufficient staffing or something else.'
Culled from Daily Mail UK