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Federal trial date set for accused St. Landry Parish church arsonist

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:21:41-05

A federal trial date has been set for the man who set fire to three historically black St. Landry Parish churches last spring, The Advocate reports.

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Holden Matthews’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 10, 2020

Matthews, 21, was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month on six counts: three counts of intentional damage to a religious facility and three counts using fire to commit a felony. The Advocate published photos and online messages presented in the case.

He is also facing an indictment in St. Landry Parish.

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