WODEN | A Woden woman has been charged with felony first-degree arson after intentionally lighting a vehicle on fire, law enforcement says.
Marvella Ann Harms, 51, on or about July 30 admitted to a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy she poured about “one-half to one-fourth of a beer can amount of gasoline” inside a green 2002 Dodge Durango and lit it on fire with a Bic lighter, court documents state.
Documents say the vehicle belongs to a man who lives with her.
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,” court documents say.
“Harms stated that this will teach him a lesson for being an a-- and thinking that he knows it all,” the deputy wrote in the criminal complaint.
The vehicle was located about 3 to 4 feet from a neighbor’s house and about 12 feet of Harms’ and the man’s residence, documents say.
Harms has been appointed a public defender.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 10 in Hancock County District Court.
She is being held without bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.
— Ashley Miller