Accusations against a Vacaville pastor, who investigators believe is connected to an alleged firebombing, continued to pile on Monday.
“Like a lot of people, she was trusting. She wanted to help. She loved children,” Patricia Hunter, Joanna Lewis’ mother, said.
Lewis’ 2011 death on the grounds of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville was widely considered a suicide.
Now, less than three years later, her husband Mark Lewis, who remains pastor of the church, has been accused of paying a trio of people- two of them reportedly homeless and living at the church- to help him with a plot against a former girlfriend.
“All I know is that me and Anthony were supposed to receive money after it was done, after Anthony got someone to do the job,” Kristen Broyles said, in an interview from the Solano County Jail.
Along with Anthony Newbolt and Richerd Wright, Broyles was arrested by Vacaville Police the morning of the firebombing incident.
The job she’s referring to, police say, was $300 to firebomb the victims’ home- chucking a Snapple bottle full of gasoline through the front window of the home- while the woman’s parents and three children slept inside.
They are shocking allegations, unless you are the parents of Joanna Lewis.
They say they never believed the story of their daughter’s life, and death, was fully told.
“Not until there’s justice, it won’t be over. Not until we know no one else will be hurt, no one else will suffer,” Hunter said.
Hunter is calling on police to reopen the investigation into her daughter’s death. And she’s calling on the congregation of Fellowship Baptist to help.
“Many, many people loved her. But we need you to step up. Go to the police and work with them,” Hunter said.
Broyles, Newbolt and Wright pleaded not guilty Monday in a Solano County courtroom. All three, during jailhouse interviews with FOX40, maintained that Lewis orchestrated the attack.
Marin Austin contributed to this report.