Examination will determine if defendant is mentally fit to stand trial

A mental competency report has been ordered for the Taft man accused of a setting a fire in Tupman that destroyed a house and damaged a church.

Raymond Mosier appeared at a pretrial hearing in Kern County Superior Court on Monday and a judge ordered an evaluation under California Penal Code section 1368 to determine if Mosier is competent to stand trial.

A hearing on the report has been scheduled for Sept. 13

Mosier, 46, was arrested by Kern County Fire Department arson investigators on Aug. 17 in connection with an early-morning fire three days earlier that destroyed a house and damaged a church and automobile in Tupman.

The fire briefly threatened the post office in Tupman, according to the KCFD.

Mosier is charged with four arson counts and is being held on $146,000 bail.