Argument leads to a torched wardrobe

Mark Anthony Edwards

An argument between a husband and wife over the weekend ended with a pile of the woman's clothes outside in a fire and with the husband's arrest for third-degree arson.

According to a report filed with the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, deputies were originally dispatched to a call of a man setting his car on fire, but it wasn't an automobile he was burning.

According to the report, Mark Anthony Edwards, 39, of 2662 Roberts Circle, and his wife were arguing Saturday night and into early Sunday morning before Edwards told her to leave. His wife stated she left, but said Edwards called her and said if she didn't return to the residence he was going to burn her clothes.

Deputies arrived to find the clothes burning on the lawn and were told Edwards had been drinking and the couple's juvenile daughter was in the house. After putting out the fire, deputies tried to find Edwards and when no one answered the locked door to the house, deputies busted the front door down to find Edwards and his daughter in the home and unharmed.

Edwards told the officers he had thrown his wife's clothes in the yard, but denied setting them on fire. Calls to the phone number listed on the incident report went unanswered on Monday.

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