UPDATED 12:26 PM PT – Sat. August 11, 2018
The suspect charged with starting the Holy Fire in Southern California denies the charges against him, calling them ‘all a lie’.
Forrest Clark made several outbursts in his first court appearance on Friday, after refusing to leave his cell the day prior.
The 51-year-old is accused of deliberately starting the fire following a dispute with a neighbor.
Authorities said, anti-government conspiracy theories were found posted all over his social media accounts.
This comes after he allegedly sent a text to a firefighter two weeks ago saying it was all going to burn.
“This should be called the Holy hellfire. And the man that’s been arrested, after he’s prosecuted and tried in a court of law, assuming and gratefully he be convicted. If the evidence is proved beyond a reasonable doubt, which I have no doubt it will be. Then he needs to suffer the fullest punishment of the law.” -Todd Spencer, Orange County Fire Authority Board
Clark is set to be arraigned next week. If convicted he could face life in prison.
This comes as the Holy Fire in Southern California is only 29% contained, after scorching more than 21,000 acres.
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