OPELOUSAS, La. – Prosecutors have now added hate crime expenses in opposition to the white suspect in three latest arson fires that destroyed African American church buildings in Louisiana.
Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews pleaded not responsible at a Monday courtroom listening to. He was ordered to be held with out bond.
Three black church buildings have been torched in 10 days. Two have been within the metropolis of Opelousas. One other was in a close-by city.
Matthews is the son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy. He was arrested Wednesday on three expenses of arson of a spiritual constructing. The three extra hate crimes expenses — one for every blaze — have been added Monday.
Authorities at Monday’s listening to additionally outlined a litany of latest proof that prosecutors say ties Matthews to the crimes.