MACHIAS — A Robbinston man accused of arson and murder was denied a bail change by a Washington County Court judge Wednesday.
33-year-old Charles Townsend is accused of lighting 66-year-old Wayne Morrill’s Robbinston home on fire on Oct. 7, 2020.
Morrill died of smoke inhalation in the home.
Townsend’s defense attorney, Nathan Hodgkins requested that Townsend’s bail be lowered from $100,000 to $10,000.
He said Townsend has no ties to anywhere but Washington County and has very little criminal history.
Hodgkins added that Townsend has not ever been able to work due to a disability and was only able to raise $10,000 with his family’s help.
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea argued that Townsend has been charged with the Class A Crime of Felony Murder and is alleged to have set the fire, watched the house burn, and not help the victim inside at all.
According to Zainea, Townsend was later found in a car taken from one of the witnesses he wasn’t supposed to previously have contact with.
Zainea said Townsend is a flight risk and engaging in conduct that would violate conditions of release considering the serious nature of the crime.
The judge rejected the bail request saying he doesn’t find conditions satisfactory given the gravity of the allegations.