Detectives told a disturbing story in court Tuesday about a fire last week in Franklin they say was set on purpose, and their prime suspect is the homeowner.
Luther Still is accused of setting his own home on fire while his children were inside, and investigators revealed more shocking details about the case.
"He started the fire by lighting a match and holding it to the curtains in the bedroom - the master bedroom," said Franklin Detective Richard Spaulding.
Spaulding said Still did that on purpose because he wanted to get his wife's attention. Police say Still barricaded himself inside the home while the structure went up in flames.
Two children and a teenager were also in the home with Still at the time of the fire. They managed to get out safely, but Still had to be forcibly removed by authorities.
"Kids were down the hall from the master bedroom where the fire started," Spaulding said.
Investigators believe Still was upset with his wife because she was set to testify in federal court the next day on behalf of her ex-husband. She wasn't at home at the time of the fire.
"Helping with court proceedings sent him over the edge," Spaulding said.
As for the home the couple shared, investigators were not able to get the fire out in time.
The house was destroyed.
Still's defense attorney tried to get his client's bond reduced, but the judge ordered it remain at $300,000.
The case has been bound over to the grand jury.
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