Holly man charged with setting wife on fire

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A 55-year-old Holly man has been formally charged after authorities said he set his wife on fire, apparently after an argument. 


David John Garnett Jr. has been charged in court with attempted murder and first-degree arson, according to police. Attempted murder is punishable by up to life in prison.

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Garnett was arraigned on the charges in 52-2 District Court in Clarkston via video conference, Holly Police Chief Michael Story said Thursday. A judge set his bond at $1 million and scheduled his next court appearance for Feb. 15.

Police accuse Garnett of dousing his wife with gasoline and setting her on fire. The woman was able to escape by leaping from their bedroom window and fleeing to a neighbor's house where they called police, officials said.

Holly police were called at 6:42 p.m. Monday to the couple's home in a mobile home park located at 4041 Grange Hall Road in the village of Holly, according to authorities.  

The incident appears to have been sparked by an argument, police said.

The couple was standing in their bedroom during the fight and, at one point, the man left the house, retrieved a five-gallon gas can, doused his wife with the fuel and set her on fire with a lighter, the police chief said. 

Story said the woman sustained second-degree and third-degree burns on her leg and was released from the hospital Wednesday.