No plea yet as Vacaville pastor returns to court

By From page A4 | February 05, 2014

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville church pastor did not enter pleas to charges that include arson, stalking and fraud when he made a brief court appearance Tuesday. The judge instead scheduled a court date next week.

Mark W. Lewis, 39, faces several felony charges. Lewis had his arraignment postponed until Feb. 13 while he tries to come up with the money he needs to hire Fairfield criminal defense attorney Denis Honeychurch.

Vacaville police arrested Lewis and three others after the Jan. 9 firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s Vacaville home. A search of his home and the Fellowship Baptist Church turned up methamphetamine and an illegal gun. Lewis posted $500,000 bail that investigators believe was fraudulently obtained. He was arrested again Jan. 24 on allegations relating to the questioned bail funds.

The other suspects are currently scheduled for a March 3 probable cause hearing.

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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  • JimboFebruary 05, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    His parishioners defend him rather nastily in the evening news like their dealer got busted.

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