Lawyer for Vacaville pastor accused of arson quits case

By From page A4 | July 19, 2014

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

FAIRFIELD — Arraignment for a Vacaville church pastor who faces felony charges of stalking, arson and possessing an incendiary device was postponed Friday until Monday after his lawyer dropped the case at a Friday hearing.

Mark W. Lewis is accused of recruiting one of his followers to harass and frighten a Vacaville woman who broke up with Lewis in December 2013 after a one-year relationship. The follower, Anthony Newbolt, allegedly enlisted the help of his girlfriend, Kristen Broyles, and a fellow ex-con, Richerd J. Wright, to firebomb her home, according to police testimony at a court hearing earlier this month.

A court-paid defense lawyer for Lewis will likely be appointed Monday.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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