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Woman Awaiting Trial for Husband’s Burning Arrested Again: Now Accused of Deadly Arson Attack on Local Butcher Owner

A Michigan woman, currently awaiting trial for allegedly setting her then-husband on fire in 2021, has been arrested again, this time accused of causing a fatal house fire that claimed the lives of her employer and popular local butcher owner.

Julie Boxley, 52, was charged with first-degree murder and arson in Marquette County District Court on Nov. 3, relating to a March 5 incident in Ishpeming, Mich. The fire resulted in the death of 72-year-old Glenn Andrews, the owner of Glenn’s Smokehouse, as reported by Upper Michigan’s Source, Fox News, and WILX-TV.

According to a GoFundMe campaign established by Andrews’ family, he suffered severe burns after waking up to his house engulfed in flames. Despite spending two weeks in the University of Michigan Burn Center, he succumbed to his injuries.

At the time of the incident, Boxley was living with Andrews to assist in caring for his sick wife, Linda, according to Andrews’ daughter, Jill.

The GoFundMe campaign highlighted Andrews’ legacy as the local butcher, describing him as a beloved figure in the community known for his “famous mustache.” Andrews and his wife had relocated to Ishpeming 25 years ago after retiring from the Dearborn Sausage Company.

Boxley also faces charges in a separate case involving an alleged attempt to set her then-husband, James Boxley, on fire during Christmas in 2021. James testified in court in August, recounting the terrifying experience and the defendant’s repeated expression of hatred.

Boxley’s attorney, Jennifer France, raised the possibility of her client’s “history of mental illness” playing a role in her actions. In a separate case, Boxley pleaded not guilty to charges including great bodily harm less than murder and assault with intent to murder in September, WNEM reported. 

The records indicate that Boxley is scheduled to be arraigned in Marquette County District Court on Nov. 27 for Andrews’ death, with no listed attorney at this time. The court proceedings will continue in December for the previous charges related to the incident with her then-husband.

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