Man accused of setting house on fire with family inside enters plea
A Waldorf man who was extradited back to Charles County for adjudication after he reportedly fled the state after he set his home ablaze with his wife and children inside has made a plea associated with charges brought against him.
The foremost charges that were brought against Eric Scott White, 40, were three counts of attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment, first-degree arson and second-degree assault. These alleged charges were first brought three weeks after he was found at his parents’ home
in Hickory, N.C., where he was subsequently arrested by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force and members of the Maryland State fire marshal’s office, according to authorities.
Investigators believed that White started the fire intentionally following a domestic dispute. According to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office, White entered an Alford plea to second-degree malicious burning. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but agrees the prosecution may have enough evidence to garner a conviction if the case were to go to trial.
On Dec. 15, 2016, around 6:57 a.m., Waldorf volunteer firefighters and other emergency personnel answered a fire alarm that took place in a two-story house located in the 6700 block of Coati Court. After residents heard noise coming from the first floor, they were able to escape unharmed, authorities reported. Fire marshals estimated that more than $35,000 worth of damages was caused by the fire.
According to court records, a sentencing hearing is scheduled for White on July 18. Judge West will preside.