Holy Fire Suspect Charging Process Delayed After Bizarre Court Appearance

Holy fire suspect Gordon Clark finally made it to his first court appearance Friday morning in Santa Ana. 

However, there has been a second delay in the charging process because of the bizarre exchange Clark had with the Orange County Superior Court commissioner. 

Vickie Lynn Hix told LCark that he was being formally charged with three arson charges: aggravated arson, arson of inhabited property and arson of forest, as well as one criminal threat charge and two counts of resisting arrest. 

The proceedings lasted about two minutes.

That is the moment where a defendant would respond and plea guilty or not-guilty but Clark just interjected with "It's a lie!"

Commissioner Hix then asked Clark's attorneys if they would prefer to delay the arraignment. The attorneys and the prosecutors agreed to reset the arraignment for August 17.

When Hix asked Clark if he understood the arraignment was being delayed he answered, “I comprehend. I do not understand. Though, I will say 'yay’ at this time.”

Clark's bail was set at $1 million. He also shouted that he could have "a million right now, easily," and said he wanted to pay the full bail immediately. 

The Holy Fire started Monday and has burned more than 18,000 acres.

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