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(Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal via AP)

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — 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.”

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11 thoughts on “Bond Hearing For White Suspect In Black Church Fires

  1. Ted Gravely on said:

    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.” Why? Every white criminal is provided the benefit of the doubt. The Black Hebrews and Israelites without committing one crime are labeled hate groups. This racist here burns three black churches and – they stop short of saying there was a racial motive. Surely these fools know that’s why the so called black person in this country hates and lacks trust in the local and federal government. You used to call on the feds – then you realize they are just as complicit. Devils!

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      @TED.. Yep, just like when Dylan Roof killed 9 black people in a church they didn’t want to call him a terrorist they danced around it, but had no problem calling Black Lives Matter a hate group for protesting racism. And the FEDS and FBI both have the most notorious racist in history name on their federal buildings, cross dressing, closet homo sexual deviant J Edgar Hoover..POS!

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    At first glance he looks like a f-up masculine hard face woman, low iq pimple face loser..But lets see how the deep south racist justice system handles this animal. They hit Jussie Smollett with 16 felony charges for a non violent offense. I’m waiting for the “he was abused” or mental defense excuse to come out.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        @Michael Middleton….Yes indeed, I’m sure they’re looking for a legal loop hole to minimize his charges, and I’m sure pappy sheriff knows a few good ole boys on the bench who can help him out.

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