Fort Wayne man pleads guilty to setting wife on fire, killing her

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – A Fort Wayne man has pleaded guilty to murder after setting his wife on fire last September.

Our partners in news at ABC 21 report Eddie Caldwell, 54, was in court Friday for a change of plea hearing, in which he pleaded guilty.

Caldwell was charged with murder last October after his 68-year-old wife, Lizzie Lee Caldwell, died from respiratory and renal failure due to severe burns.

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During Friday’s hearing, Caldwell said he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine during the September incident, and that he was also angry. He admitted to pouring gasoline on his wife and setting her on fire.

Caldwell will appear in court for sentencing on April 26. He faces 45-65 years in prison.

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