Defendant in Mandan attempted arson case pleaded not guilty Monday

MANDAN, N.D. - A Mandan man charged for arson in connection to an April case has pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

Seventy-two-year-old Robert Tesky is accused of pouring gas inside a home with a woman and child inside and threatening to burn it down.

The affidavit says police could smell gasoline inside the home and found large pools of gas on the floor.

Tesky is accused of getting drunk and getting the gas out of the shed because he wanted to set the house on fire and didn’t care who was home.

He is charged with arson, reckless endangerment and terrorizing.

Tesky’s trial hasn’t been set yet.