Al­leged ar­son­ist faces at­tempted mur­der charges

Re­port­edly set home on fire with wife, kids inside

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A man who had re­port- edly fled the state af­ter set­ting his Wal­dorf home on fire with his wife and chil­dren inside was re­cently in­dicted on multi- ple counts of at­tempted mur­der, and has been ex­tra­dited back to Charles County for ad­ju­di­ca­tion.

The in­dict­ment, an­nounced Tues­day, charges Eric Scott White, 40, with three counts of first-de­gree at­tempted mur­der and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, first-de­gree ar­son and se­cond-de­gree as­sault. This comes three weeks af­ter he was lo­cated at his par­ents’ house in Hick­ory, N.C., and ar­rested by the U.S. Mar­shals fugi­tive task

force and fire mar­shals, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. White had ini­tially been charged with just one count of at­tempted se­cond-de­gree mur­der, as well as first-de­gree ar­son, ma­li­cious burn­ing and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve White started the fire in­ten­tion­ally fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

Around 6:57 a.m. on Dec. 15, fire­fight­ers from the Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and the sur­round­ing area re­sponded to the two-story house lo­cated in the 6700 block of Coati Court af­ter the oc­cu­pants heard loud noises com­ing from the first floor and were able to es­cape un­harmed, au­thor­i­ties re­ported. Fire mar­shals es­ti­mate that the fire caused $35,000 in dam­ages. The oc­cu­pants were dis­placed and as­sisted by fam­ily and friends.

White has since been ex­tra­dited from the Catawba County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in North Carolina, and re­mains in cus­tody at the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter to await his first court ap­pear­ance.

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