5:43 PM

Dwayne James (mug shot SCSO)

A man from Reeds Spring was charged with domestic assault after allegedly trying to set his wife on fire on May 6th.

According to the probable cause statement, Dwayne D. James, 41,  accused his wife of using drugs then sprayed sprayed her with WD-40 and attempted to use a cigarette lighter to light her on fire.

When James was unable to spark the blaze, he “proceeded to punch her four to five times in the top of her head with a closed fist,” according to the statement.

A juvenile who witnessed the scene told officers that after James punched his wife, she attempted to call 911, but James “ripped the phone out of her hands,” according to the statement.

Another witness said James “sprayed (his wife) with WD-40 and tried to light her on fire... (James) grabbed her arm and twisted it (until) it hurt and tried to pull her out of the house to leave with him even though she did not want to go,” according to the statement.

James, who is being held on $75,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court again on May 15th.  If he is convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.