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Compton man charged with burning death of South LA teen

City News Service | 1/14/2013, 9:24 a.m.

COMPTON, Calif.--A 35-year-old man was charged today with murdering a 17-year-old girl whose burning body was found in a South Los Angeles street, and with assaulting and raping a woman in 2007.

Damond Williams was arrested Thursday in connection with the Sept. 17 death of the teen, whose body was found on Grand Avenue just north of 94th Street, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The victim is listed as Terry W. in the complaint. Coroner's officials could not immediately provide her full name, nor could the D.A.'s office.

Williams was also charged today with the 2007 assault and rape of a woman identified only as Patricia B.

He is facing one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation.

If convicted on all counts, Williams faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

His arraignment was expected sometime this afternoon in Compton SuperiorCourt. Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be set at $1.33 million.