Springfield arson suspect scheduled to be in court

Man also facing rape, sexual assault, and homicide charges in Maryland

Photo courtesy Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The man accused of intentionally setting several fires in Springfield is scheduled to be in court for the first time on Friday.

30-year-old Mardell Davis is expected to be in court for a Status Conference Hearing. Davis was initially supposed to be in court for his arraignment last month, but a judge delayed the case and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Suspect arrested in connection to Springfield arsons

The judge agreed to the evaluation after a doctor who screened Davis had said he was shaking, hearing voices, and having trouble communicating. He has been held at Bridgewater State Hospital ever since.

Davis is being charged with five counts of arson for allegedly setting five fires on Union, Hancock, and Andrews Streets in March. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News Davis became a suspect in the arson fires after police found video evidence and interviewed witnesses.

Delaney said Davis later confessed to setting all five fires while he was being questioned by police officers.

Davis is also wanted in Maryland, where he’s facing several charges including rape, sexual assault, and homicide.