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story.lead_photo.caption Scott G. Willett, 25, of Gassville

A Baxter County man is accused of intentionally setting fire to a house he lived at, telling authorities that a higher power had influenced him, according to the sheriff’s office.

Scott G. Willett, 25, of Gassville faces one felony count of arson, a class A felony, after authorities responded to the fire at 11:49 a.m. Sept. 5 at 249 Wildcat Shoals Road, a news release states.

Willett initially told investigators that he had first learned of the blaze after leaving and returning to the home later in the day to find firefighters at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

A neighbor later told authorities that Willett could be seen on surveillance camera at the property that morning.

The footage showed smoke coming from the back side of the home near the master bedroom around 30 seconds after Willett left the home around 11:36 a.m.

When shown the video, he confessed to starting the fire, which is owned by his mother, according to the sheriff’s office.

“God told me to,” Willett told investigators.

Willett, who was already jailed on unrelated misdemeanor charges, remained at the Baxter County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond as of Wednesday afternoon, records show.

He has an appearance scheduled for Thursday in Baxter County Circuit Court.

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  • mrcharles
    September 21, 2016 at 5:33 p.m.

    Another christian persecution. I double dare you them there liberal to prove that he did not receive messages & instructions denied to you and me? Whipper would be proud of this logic.

    September 21, 2016 at 6:39 p.m.

    We need to lock up White men.

    They're terrorists.

  • 3WorldState1
    October 4, 2016 at 12:42 p.m.

    Prove God didn't tell him to. He's got an air tight defense!

  • BirdDogsRock
    October 4, 2016 at 1:59 p.m.

    Who are we, mere mortal sinners, to doubt his veracity on such a divine claim? He might be the next Muhammad or Joseph Smith. We should free him, so he can get on about his business of walking on water or riding a flying horse or making virgins pregnant. god will have vengeance if we mortals interfere with his agent.

  • Slak
    October 4, 2016 at 3:03 p.m.

    That's what Po always claims when he steals a chicken.