Pastor enters pleas in arson, stalking, fraud case

By From page A5 | February 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville church pastor pleaded not guilty Thursday to several felony charges that include arson, stalking and fraud.

Mark W. Lewis, 39, was ordered to return to court Feb. 18 when his defense attorney, Denis Honeychurch, is expected to try to arrange for Lewis to be able to post bail.

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.

Lewis was arrested again Jan. 24 after prosecutors filed additional felony charges against him for the questionable bail. Judge Peter B. Foor set a new bail amount of $535,000 and prosecutors want Lewis to prove at the next court appearance that any money used to post that bail is legitimate.

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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