A man accused of setting his common-law wife on fire in October has been indicted for attempted murder.
Johnny Leon Moore III, 45, of Decatur, was indicted on three separate charges related to a fire the morning of Oct. 4 in a travel trailer in the Brushy Creek RV park northwest of Decatur.
In addition to the attempted murder charge, a grand jury also indicted Moore for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and arson of a habitation.
Deputy Wise County Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said Moore and his common-law wife, Patricia K. Woods, 40, were arguing the night before the fire and Moore left for the night. He returned Saturday morning and began arguing again, and this time it became physical.
“He picked up some Coleman lantern fluid and poured it on the floor, saying he wanted to ‘burn the place down,'” Travis said.
When Woods ran to the back of the trailer, she slipped in a puddle of the lantern fluid and fell into the liquid.
“He asked her, ‘Are you ready to die?’ and he ignited the fire,” Travis said.
It appeared Moore had an immediate change of heart and panicked, Travis said. He threw her out of the trailer and extinguished the fire on her, then assaulted her again and threatened her, warning her not to tell anyone what really happened.
Moore then took Woods to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, where he came up with a different version of the events. Once Woods was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas to be treated for her burns, she called Wise County dispatch to tell them what really happened, Travis said.
Moore was arrested Oct. 15 for arson causing bodily injury and aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury. He remains in the Wise County Jail with total bond set at $200,000.
Woods spent several weeks at Parkland and is now recovering at a nursing home. Travis said she sustained third degree burns on 24 to 28 percent of her body, mainly from the waist down. She is now undergoing physical therapy three times a day as she works toward walking again.
Travis said Woods has been pushing herself to begin walking again sooner than doctors said she could.
The Decatur Fire Department responded to the fire at 11:18 a.m. Oct. 4, but the travel trailer was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. It was a total loss.