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California arson suspect makes outbursts in court

California arson suspect makes outbursts in court

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - The man accused of setting a Southern California forest fire appeared in court via a video feed from jail and made several outbursts, claiming that his life was being threatened.

A court commissioner on Friday postponed Forrest Gordon Clark's arraignment until Aug. 17.

When the commissioner ordered bail to remain at $1 million, Clark shouted that he could easily afford it.

At one point Clark covered his face with his long hair and later he stared directly at the camera.

His attorney had asked that Clark's presence be waived, but the commissioner ordered the defendant to appear.

The 51-year-old is charged with arson and other crimes.

Clark is a resident of the canyon where the fire was sparked Monday. A fire official has said Clark sent threatening emails, including one that said, "this place will burn."


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