WODEN | A Woden woman who intentionally set a vehicle on fire has pleaded guilty to felony second-degree arson.

Marvella Ann Harms, 52, will be sentenced on Nov. 7 in Hancock County District Court. 

She originally was charged with first-degree arson. She agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Harms admitted to a sheriff's deputy in late July that she had poured gasoline inside a 2002 Dodge Durango belonging to a man who lives with her and then lit the gasoline, according to court documents.

Harms told the deputy the man who owned the Durango “gets on her nerves” and is “drunker than hell, is not nice and has been accusing her of bad things,” documents say.

The vehicle was located about 3 to 4 feet from a neighbor’s house and about 12 feet from Harms’ and the man’s residence, according to documents.

Proceedings in the case were suspended pending the outcome of a Sept. 26 hearing to whether probable cause exists to declare Harms not mentally competent enough to participate in her own defense.

District Judge Colleen Weiland ruled Harms did not establish probable cause for incompetency.

-- Mary Pieper


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