Arson suspect is back in jail

SALTILLO – A man who bonded out of the Lee County jail on Wednesday on first-degree arson charges is back in jail after allegedly threatening to kill the victims of the house fire he is accused of starting.
Mark Martin, 44, of Saltillo was out on a $100,000 bond Wednesday when he allegedly called his ex-girlfriend, who was inside the home along with three other people when the fire started, and threatened to kill her.
Lee County Investigator Scotty Reedy said the victim filed an incident report, and an arrest warrant for harassing and threatening phone calls was issued for him.
Martin was arrested at a relative’s home shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday without incident.
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Gardner had set Martin’s bond Wednesday at $100,000. Sheriff Jim Johnson expressed his concerns to Gardner about Martin possibly being a danger to the public if he was to bond out before the bond was set.
“When you have a situation when someone may have set fire to an occupied home then you have to consider that person a danger to the public and we did consider him as a danger,” said Johnson. “We will petition the court to deny bond for the suspect or to revoke his current bond this time.”
Martin is expected to make another bond appearance today. It is not certain if the new charge against him is a felony or a misdemeanor.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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