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Richard V Allen

Homeless man found guilty in burning death of girlfriend

After some 22 hours of deliberation, a Howard County jury this week found Richard Allen Rodola guilty in the burning death of Pamela Myers in North Laurel in 2010.

Rodola, 50, of no fixed address, was found guilty Feb. 27 of second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of then-girlfriend Myers, who was set on fire in the woods where she and Rodola lived. She died a few weeks later.

During his eight-day trial, Rodola admitted to pouring gasoline over Myers twice and then flicking the lighter that started the fire. But he claimed the incident was an accident, that he was attempting to scare the 37-year-old woman off, that they both were drunk and arguing and he...