JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An Ellisville man is behind bars after being accused of trying to burn down his ex-wife's home on Sunday.
Steve Eason, 59, was taken into custody and charged with arson and malicious mischief felony, according to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
He made his initial appearance in court Monday where Judge Billie Graham set his bond at $45,000 ($25,000 for arson and $20,000 for malicious mischief).
On Sunday, Jones County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home for a house fire.
When they arrived at the scene, Eason was out in the front yard wrestling with dogs and meanwhile, the house had flames coming out of the roof. Eason fell near the home while he was wrestling with the dogs and was unable to move away from the house fire.
According to the JCSD, Eason was moved away from the home. Fire units responded, and the owner of the property arrived. She suspected Eason, her ex-husband, of burning down the house.
She said he was not allowed to be at the home and said they were going through a divorce. She also said he made many comments that he would burn or destroy her property.
When Eason was questioned, he told deputies a different story. He said he had stopped by and noticed his alarm system was off in his shop. He then became mad and shot at his ex-wife's car, and heard the alarm going off inside the home. He said he went inside and saw that it was on fire. Eason said he then let the dogs outside.