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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire in 2009 is asking for a new trial.

Phillip Scruggs was sentenced to life in prison in the death of 42-year-old Elissa Davenport in February 2011 and was supposed to explain why he deserved a new trial on Monday.

An attorney for 52-year-old Scruggs said his client was too heavily medicated during a meeting to prepare for the hearing in Clarke County Superior Court.

A judge granted a continuance but has not announced a new hearing date.

Authorities say Scruggs set Davenport on fire inside of her apartment, which was destroyed by the blaze. Davenport was burned across 60 percent of her body and died 12 days later.

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