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Trial ordered for man accused of setting fire to East County Church, trying to kill cellmate

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in Rancho San Diego and trying to kill a cellmate four days after his arrest must stand trial on arson, attempted murder and assault charges, a judge ruled Monday.

Darin Wayne Williams, 39, faces life in prison with parole if convicted.

Judge Herbert Exarhos ruled that enough evidence was presented at the defendant's preliminary hearing Monday at the El Cajon Courthouse to order him to proceed to trial. A Superior Court arraignment was set for May 20.

Williams was arrested Jan. 27 within hours of a fire that caused about $250,000 in damage at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in the 1900 block of Mary Ann Way at the corner of Jamacha Road.

No one was injured in the 4 a.m. blaze.

Investigators from the sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were summoned, and Williams was arrested less than 10 hours after the fire.

In that case, the defendant -- who was known to church officials -- is charged with arson, vandalism of a church and second-degree burglary.

Williams is also charged with premeditated attempted murder and assault with intent to commit mayhem in connection with the attack on his cellmate Jan. 31, said Deputy District Attorney David Williams III.

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