FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville church pastor has been ordered to stand trial on felony charges of stalking, arson and possessing an incendiary device.
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, according to police testimony at a court hearing earlier this week.
Vacaville police arrested Lewis and the three others after the Jan. 9 firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s Vacaville home. The trio were arrested as they drove away from the house fire. Lewis was arrested the next day. A search of his home and his church, Fellowship Baptist Church, turned up methamphetamine and an illegal gun.
Lewis’ attorney, Denis Honeychurch, repeatedly impugned the character of Newbolt, Broyles and Wright at a probable cause hearing Thursday, calling them liars and saying they were in cahoots with one another other as Lewis’ accusers. Honeychurch also had unkind words for Lewis’ ex-girlfriend.
In the days between the breakup with Lewis and the firebombing, the girlfriend’s car was vandalized twice and a small fire erupted in her backyard. Four days before the firebombing, the ex-girlfriend got a restraining order against Lewis, according to police testimony at the hearing.
Another member of Lewis’ church told police he had talked with Lewis a few days before the firebombing and had gone to the church, where he gave a tutorial on how to make and use Molotov cocktails.
The hearing ended with Lewis being ordered to return to court July 18 to be arraigned on the felony charges.
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