Suspect in 3 Louisiana Black Church Fires Charged With Hate Crimes

Maria Perez
Jun 14, 2019 - 5:00
Suspect in 3 Louisiana Black Church Fires Charged With Hate Crimes

The suspect who has been accused of burning down three Black churches in Louisiana was charged with federal hate crimes on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said. Holden Matthews, 21, of Opelousas, Louisiana was charged by a federal grand jury with three counts of intentional damage to religious property, three counts of using fire to commit a felony, and hate crime charges that fall under the Church Arson Prevention Act, according to a press release from the Justice Department.

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