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Accused church arsonist back in St. Landry Parish; no bond hearing held

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Posted at 11:19 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2020-02-04 18:01:34-05

OPELOUSAS, La. — Holden Matthews, the man accused of burning the three St. Landry Parish churches, is back in his home parish.

Matthews was transferred back to St. Landry Parish a couple of days ago. He was being held in another facility. There is no indication in the case file as to why he was returned to St. Landry Parish.

Clerk of Court records showed that a bond hearing had been set for today, but apparently that hearing was cancelled after the April 15 bond hearing was held. At that hearing, bond was denied after the court found Matthews to be “an imminent danger” to others. To see our story about that, click here.

Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputy, is accused of setting the fires that destroyed three historically African-American churches in rural St. Landry Parish. Since his arrest last month, he has been held without bond.

Since the fires, crowdfunding has raised more than $2 million to rebuild the churches, and civic groups and businesses across Acadiana have stepped up to donate money as well.

To read our stories about the fires, click here.