Preliminary hearing for arson suspect postponed

He is accused in connection with a three-alarm fire that burned an abandoned building in downtown Mobile.
Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 5:58 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 10:59 PM CST
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MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The preliminary hearing for the man accused of setting fire to an abandoned building on Dauphin Street in September has been postponed after an investigator was unable to testify Monday, according to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office.

The judge reset the hearing for December for Henry McGill, also known as Jacci McGill.

McGill is charged with second-degree arson in connection with a three-alarm fire in an abandoned building near the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception downtown. At one point, the fire threatened to spread to other buildings.

The judge also dismissed a domestic violence charge when the victim, the defendant’s mother, said she didn’t want to move forward. We’re told the woman told the judge that she called law enforcement because she didn’t realize her son hadn’t taken his medication. She reportedly said that she was hoping Mobile County Sheriff’s Office would be able to get him held.