Marine Charged With Torching Father-In-Law's Home; Family Pet Killed

A Camp Lejeune Marine is accused of setting his father-in-law's home on fire, killing his own dog.

Emerald Isle police have charged Cpl. Jamison Hardy with second degree arson, felony breaking an entering and felony cruelty to animals.

The home on Plantation Drive had about $200,000 in damage after the 1:30 p.m. fire on Wednesday.

Police say while an officer was guarding the perimeter, the 22-year-old Hardy approached him and confessed to setting the fire. He told police he got into the house through a side garage door, poured gasoline throughout the home and locked the dog in a bathroom.

Hardy told investigators he lost his keys in the home and was unable to leave the area after setting the fire.

Police believe mental health issues and family problems may be a factor in why the home was torched. The father-in-law says Hardy has been separated from his daughter for two years and that he hasn't seen the Marine since then.

Hardy is in jail on a $25,000 bond and will have his first appearance this morning in Beaufort.

The Marine is assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune.