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Man suspected of killing girlfriend by setting her on fire surrenders to authorities

March 7, 2011 |  5:36 pm

A Riverside man accused of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire in front of her six children turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Tyrone Levoid Harts, 39, was transferred to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where he is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail, according to the Sheriff's Department. He was charged with murder and assault with a firearm in connection with the slaying of his former live-in girlfriend, Brandi Marie Morales.

Morales, 35, of Moreno Valley was found dead just before 1 a.m. Feb. 22 in her home on the 11800 block of Wild Flax Lane. Police said that Morales was with her children when Harts attacked her and set her on fire.

Some of the children helped smother the flames, but Morales was later pronounced dead of her injuries.

-- Andrew Blankstein