Man faces arson charges
High Point police and the High Point Fire Department have arrested a man in conjunction with several fires, including one at a church fellowship hall.
Daniel Aaron Hazelton, 24, of 326 Amhurst Ave., was arrested Tuesday afternoon and has been placed in the Guilford County Jail under a secured $50,000 bond.
He is charged with incidents dating back to February 2012, when he allegedly started a fire at the fellowship hall at Jewel Baptist Church on Dunmore Street, according to High Point Fire Marshal Michael Levins. He’s also charged with burning a neighbor’s vehicle on Grand Street in May 2012, burning another vehicle on Grand Street in December 2012, and setting a mobile toter on fire on Monnell Drive on Feb. 24.
Hazelton, who is being represented by Georgia Nixon of the Nixon Law Offices, had his first appearance in court Wednesday, where Nixon asked for a mental health evaluation for Hazelton before the court addressed the issue of bond.
“He has some mental health disabilities. He’s 24 years of age biologically but I do not believe that he is mentally 24 years of age,” Nixon said.
Nixon also said Hazelton has no prior record and there is proof he did not commit some of the crimes he is charged with.
“I know that some of the things they say happened didn’t necessarily happen,” Nixon said in a telephone interview. “We have some real defenses on some of the charges, and it’s just something that will have to pan out in court.”
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