Prude Death Investigation

Georgia woman hospitalized after being beaten and set on fire, ex-boyfriend charged


LAGRANGE, G.A. (WSAV/WRBL) – LaGrange Police are investigating an incident in which a woman was held against her will, beaten, and set on fire. The suspect in the case is the victim’s ex-boyfriend.

The investigation into the brutal attack began Friday morning. Investigators say the victim, Sherry Hardnett, was found walking down South Greenwood Street, where she flagged down a police officer for help at around 5 a.m.

Officers with the LaGrange Criminal Investigations Section, who took over the investigation, learned from Hardnett that her ex-boyfriend, Damario Davis, 44, had broken into her home sometime in the early morning hours of Friday and waited for her to return home.

According to investigators, that is when the attack on Hardnett began. Investigators say Hardnett was held against her will, beaten, and kicked. Davis then allegedly poured an unknown flammable accelerant on her, and set her on fire.

Hardnett suffered significant burns to parts of her upper and lower body. She was taken to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center for treatment. An update on her condition is not available.

Davis was taken into custody a short time later on an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a domestic violence incident in April 2020.

Davis is facing additional charges in connection to the incident Friday morning against Hardnett, including Criminal Attempt Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, False Imprisonment, Burglary, Aggravated Stalking, Arson 1st Degree      

Anyone with information about this case should contact the LaGrange Police Department at (706) 883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.

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