A 55-year-old Howard County man charged with setting fire to a Highland house on Halloween amid a dispute over its ownership made an initial appearance yesterday in federal court. Wilson told investigators that the Oct. 31 fire was an accident. He said he was alone in the house that morning when he awoke from a nap on a couch and saw a "wall of flames in front of him," according to the affidavit. Investigators later concluded that the fire began at several points in the house and was not accidental. Wilson is involved in a legal fight over ownership of the house with the family of his former wife, Sarah Manning, who died in December 2007, the affidavit said. Wilson made multiple threats to various people that he would burn the house and harm Manning's relatives, according to the affidavit. View Source.

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