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CrimeBond hearing for white suspect in black church fires

13:30  15 april  2019
13:30  15 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

White suspect in black church fires charged with hate crimes

White suspect in black church fires charged with hate crimes Prosecutors have now added hate crime charges for the white suspect in three recent arson fires that destroyed African American churches in Louisiana. 

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in recent arson fires at black churches in Louisiana (all times local)

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in recent arson fires at black churches in Louisiana (all times local)

Bond hearing for white suspect in black church fires © Gerald Herbert/ AP Photo Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau investigators work the crime scene of the burnt ruins of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of three that recently burned down in St. Landry Parish, in Opelousas, La., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

OPELOUSAS, La. — The white suspect in three recent arson fires that destroyed African American churches in Louisiana is scheduled for a bond hearing.

The clerk of court's office in St. Landry Parish says the hearing for 21-year-old Holden Matthews is scheduled for Monday morning before state District Judge James Doherty.

Matthews, the son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy, was arrested Wednesday on three charges of arson of a religious building.

Three black churches were torched in 10 days. Two were in the city of Opelousas. Another was in a nearby town.

Authorities have stopped short of saying there was a racial motive. But Gov. John Bel Edwards called the burnings a reminder of past acts of racial intimidation. And the NAACP said the fires were examples of "domestic terrorism."

Fires at three black churches trigger call for arsonist's surrender.
A U.S. congressman from Louisiana has urged anyone responsible for burning down three predominantly black churches in the state to come forward, as state and federal authorities investigate what appears to have been coordinated arson. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Authorities said last week they had found suspicious "patterns" among fires that burned down three churches between March 26 and April 4 in St. Landry Parish, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of New Orleans. U.S.

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