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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/may/06/trial-ordered-church-arson-case/ Trial ordered in church arson case By Dana Littlefield2:09 p.m.May 6, 2013 EL CAJON
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      Trial ordered in church arson case
      By Dana Littlefield2:09 p.m.May 6, 2013

      EL CAJON — A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in
      unincorporated El Cajon, and later attacking his cellmate in county
      jail, was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges including
      premeditated attempted murder and arson.

      Darin Wayne Williams, 39, was arrested and booked into jail Jan. 27,
      hours after the early-morning fire started at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek
      Orthodox Christian Church.

      At the end of a preliminary hearing in El Cajon Superior Court, Judge
      Herbert Exarhos ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence for
      the case to proceed to trial.

      The blaze started about 4 a.m. under a patio in the back of the church,
      off Jamacha Road near Hidden Mesa Road, which had been converted from a
      single-family home into a place of worship. The fire was reported by a
      neighbor.

      Firefighters extinguished the flames about 45 minutes later. No one was
      injured.

      Deputy District Attorney David Williams III said church members knew the
      defendant and had been providing assistance to him. The prosecutor did
      not say how they were helping him.

      The Rev. Simeon Corona has described the defendant as a “troubled man”
      who had been in and out of psychiatric hospitals.

      Early estimates of the damage to the church building and its contents
      were close to $250,000, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Arson Unit.

      Darin Williams faces arson, vandalism and second-degree burglary charges
      in connection with the fire. He is also accused of attempted murder and
      assault with intent to commit mayhem, stemming from a Jan. 31 attack
      inside the jail.

      If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison with the
      possibility of parole.
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