LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Tennessee man is arrested, accused of paying someone to set fire to his Lexington home.
According to court documents, 46-year-old Mark King was charged with arson for a fire on January 30, 2015 that destroyed his home at 864 Mason Headley Road.
At the time of the fire, the home was listed for “sale” or “rent” and had not been occupied since November 2014, when past renters moved out.
Documents say on the night of the fire, neighbors reported a vehicle circling the block right before the house caught fire.
Investigators say they found evidence of gasoline on burned debris at the home, indicating the fire was intentionally set.
Court documents say police were tipped off by an informant who worked at King’s business, Affordable Detailing, and was also hired to keep up the property following the fire.
The informant says King’s son told him that Taylor Hardin set the fire for $10,000 and that Hardin would be paid as soon as an insurance company settled the claim on the house, according to documents.
Documents go on to say after the informant and King had a falling out and the informant was fired, he sent a text message to King stating: “I know about the arson, don’t forget I know everything about Mason Headley.”
Soon after sending the text, the informant says he saw King at a gas station and King pulled a gun on him saying: “I will kill you if you tell,” according to the arrest warrant.
Police say Louis Taylor Hardin was interviewed on March 1, 2018 and corroborated the details of the arson.