New Details Emerge in Corinth Arson, Attempted Murder Case

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CORINTH, Maine (WABI) - New details emerge in the case of a Corinth man charged with attempted murder and arson.

66-year-old Fred Roberts is accused of pouring gasoline and lighting his Hudson Road home on fire with his girlfriend inside.

70-year-old Barbara King was seriously injured after jumping out a window.

Court documents say, Roberts told investigators King had health issues and did not want to go through another surgery saying "She had been begging me to burn it."

The documents say Roberts told investigators he poured gasoline on the couch, carpet and stairway, stating that he thought the smoke would kill Barbara.

King told investigators Roberts had not been acting like himself and appears to be getting worse.

Court documents also say Roberts was acting as if he had multiple personalities when interviewed.

He was taken to EMMC for an evaluation. He's being held at Penobscot County Jail on $50,000 bail.