WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Latonya Bowman calmly recounted in court Friday the terrifying attack that nearly took her life and that of her unborn son.
It happened back in May and started when she pulled into the garage of Jamal Rogers, the father of the child. Suddenly someone assaulted her.
"I felt someone grab the back of my neck and put a gun to my head," Bowman testified at today's preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors say it was Antonio Mathis who attacked her, then duct taped her hands, feet, mouth and eyes. Bowman says Rogers did nothing to stop the crime.
Bowman testified she was then driven to an alley in Detroit.
"He doused the left side of my body with lighter fluid," said Bowman. "I heard the popping noise of my hair being on fire and I felt the heat."
Bowman says she tried to roll around and put out the flames.
"I started to move to get the fire out and I heard a gunshot and I kept moving," Bowman said. "I told myself to play dead."
That worked because the attacker left. Bowman says she was able to remove the duct tape and put out the flames, and then she drove herself to her mother's house in Detroit and the two went to a hospital.
The preliminary hearing is held to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
The hearing will continue next month.
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