A Unity man pled not guilty to charges of attempted murder and two counts of arson at his April 13 arraignment at the Waldo Judicial Center.

Dressed in a bright orange prison suit and televised from the Knox County Jail, 38-year-old Derek Creasy answered Judge Eric Walker with "Not guilty, sir, not guilty, not guilty, your honor," for the three charges facing him.

Creasy was arrested Dec. 30, 2020, in connection with a mobile home fire at 30 Turner Court in Unity Dec. 26. An earlier fire at the same address Dec. 22 did not fully ignite the structure and self-extinguished.

According to a police affidavit, Creasy joked with his sister, Danielle Creasy, 34, about burning Ronald Turner’s house down.

Turner, 55, who lives on Turner Court, where the Dec. 26 fire destroyed his mobile home, told investigators he had only one enemy in the world — a woman he once lived with who became pregnant with someone else’s child. The woman Turner referred to was Danielle Creasy.

After learning she had stolen more than $10,000 from his checking account in January 2020, Turner filed a complaint with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. According to court documents, Danielle agreed to a deferred disposition to pay him back.

Investigators executed a search warrant Dec. 30, 2020, at Derek Creasy's home on School Street and items taken for evidence included a white cloth consistent with material found at the crime scene Dec. 22, a 1 1/4 inch buck knife, a cellphone, a DNA swab from Creasy and a Toyota Camry seized for tire tread analysis.

All three charges are punishable by up to 30 years in jail and/or a $50,000 fine. A dispositional conference is set for May 25 at 1 p.m.