Area Man Indicted For Arson In House Fire Incident

Stevenson Jay Wallace (Jail photo)
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WACO (May 30, 2013)—A McLennan County man was indicted Wednesday in connection with an incident earlier in May during which his ex-girlfriend’s home was set afire.

Stevenson Jay Wallace, 30, remained jailed Thursday, ordered held on bonds totaling $220,000, charged with arson family violence, public intoxication and on a traffic warrant.

Deputies first responded in the morning hours of May 12 to a house off Cooksey Lane between Robinson and Lorena to a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman.

Deputies were able to defuse the situation and the man left the residence, but returned after they left and used lighter fluid and possibly gasoline to set the front porch of the home on fire, authorities said at the time.

The investigation eventually led to a search for a man who investigators believed set the fire.

The man then retreated into a wooded area behind the home.

The residents put out the fire as deputies returned to the home.

The deputies, joined by Department of Public Safety troopers and aided by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office helicopter, began to search for the man, whom they eventually found and arrested without incident.