- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Maryland man charged with setting five fires in Massachusetts has been sent to a psychiatric facility for a mental health evaluation.

Mardell Davis was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in connection with the fires at apartments and homes in Springfield, all set within a 12-hour period on March 12. No one was injured.

Instead, Davis was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 20-day evaluation to determine whether he is competent for arraignment and trial.

His attorney said in court that her client has been hearing voices and is “anxious and fearful.” The 30-year-old Davis did not attend the hearing.

According to Maryland court records there is a warrant for a Mardell Davis, of District Heights, on attempted murder, rape and other charges.

He’s due back in court April 7.


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