The pastor of a Vacaville church pleaded not guilty Thursday to a half-dozen charges in connection with the suspected firebombing of his ex-girlfriend's home and allegations that he fraudulently posted bail following his arrest.

Mark Lewis, 39, appearing shackled and wearing a Solano County Jail-issued jumpsuit, entered his pleas to two felony complaints in Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield.

Lewis is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville. Just as in prior court appearances for the embattled pastor, a contingent of church members were in attendance Thursday in a show of support.

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Lewis remained jailed on Thursday on allegations related to the Jan. 9 firebombing of his ex-girlfriend's home on Chateau Circle, also in Vacaville. Six people, including three children, were asleep inside the residence at the time, but no injuries were reported, police said.

Lewis' ex-girlfriend was in the process of obtaining a restraining order against him at the time of the incident, a request that a judge has since granted.

Lewis was arrested and quickly posted $500,000 bond while awaiting a criminal complaint to be filed in connection with the reported firebombing. On Jan. 24, investigators showed up at the church to investigate the source of that bail.

A press release from the Vacaville Police Department stated that investigators determined Lewis had used the church property as collateral by fraudulently listing himself and his uncle, Danny Lewis, 60, as "trustor" on the church's Deed of Trust. Police said the document was newly drafted following his arrest.

He was re-arrested that day and has remained in Solano County Jail custody, with bail set at $575,000.

On Thursday, Lewis' defense counsel, Fairfield criminal defense attorney Denis Honeychurch, asked for a hearing so that the bail amount be reduced.

Judge Peter B. Foor set that hearing for 10 a.m. Tuesday, at which time Lewis is likely to be required to demonstrate to the judge the legitimacy of any bail funds.

Lewis is charged with: arson of an inhabited structure; stalking; possession or manufacture of a combustible or explosive material; making a false financial statement; perjury; and attempting to record a false or forged instrument.

A date for a probable cause hearing in the cases has not yet been set.

Three others were also arrested in connection with the alleged firebombing. Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights, and Sacramento residents Anthony Newbolt, 33, and Richerd Wright, 28, have all pleaded not guilty to felony charges of arson of an inhabited structure and possession of flammable or explosive material. They remain in Solano County Jail custody, with bail set at $150,000, $155,000 and $290,000, respectively.

A probable cause hearing for the trio is set for 1:30 p.m. March 3.

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