Man charged with murder, arson in ex-girlfriend's death

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the death of his ex-girlfriend, whom he had been court-ordered to avoid.

The Bristol Herald Courier reports 30-year-old Nathaniel White-Young was arrested Monday in the attack on 37-year-old Melissa Mingle. A Sullivan County sheriff's report says neighbors of the 37-year-old found her unconscious outside of her home near Kingsport on Sunday.

Responding authorities then discovered Mingle's home was on fire. Sheriff's Capt. Andy Seabolt says authorities later learned Mingle had a son and determined he was safe.

White-Young initially was charged with attempted murder; The charge was upgraded after Mingle died. He was convicted of aggravated domestic assault in January and ordered to avoid Mingle and serve just under a year of probation.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com