GREENVILLE — Greenville County authorities are trying to figure out why a man broke into his neighbor’s home in Piedmont and set her on fire.
Deputies say a neighbor broke into 55-year-old Mary L. Darnell’s home around 3 a.m. Saturday, doused her with an accelerant and set her on fire. A neighbor said he woke to Darnell’s screams and ran outside to cover her with a wet towel.
Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Hildebrand says 51-year-old Harold Watts then called 911 from a Princeton convenience store.
Hildebrand says Watts has been charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. He was being held without bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.
Darnell was sent to an Atlanta burn center. Her condition was not immediately available.