Man ac­cused of set­ting house on fire with fam­ily in­side en­ters plea

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­news.com

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.

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