Allen County prosecutors charged David J. Taylor with arson on Monday, accusing him of ordering a woman to set fire to a mobile home at 10306 Gold Meadow Drive.
The woman, identified in court documents as Trudy M. Cook, of Nappanee, has been preliminarily charged with one count of arson.
Taylor, who lived at the mobile home he's accused of destroying, had a fight with his wife July 1, court papers said. Several neighbors told police they heard him say he would burn the mobile home down.
During an interview with detectives, Cook told police she helped Taylor remove some clothes from the trailer. The two then drove to a gas station, where Taylor insisted that Cook fill a 1-liter Pepsi bottle with gasoline, according to a probable cause affidavit. Cook said during her interview with detectives she did not want to do what she did, but that Taylor kept demanding.
After they went back to the trailer, and after Taylor poured gas along the floor, he asked Cook for a lighter.
She didn't have one, which prompted another trip back to the gas station so she could buy one.
Ultimately, she told police in the probable cause affidavit, she lit the mobile home on fire.