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OPELOUSAS, La. (BP) -- Hate crime charges have been filed against a white man accused of arson that destroyed three Louisiana black Baptist churches more than a century old.
Holden Matthews, 21, pleaded not guilty April 15 to the charges in St. Landry Parish Criminal Court, according to the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court's office. Matthews is charged with three counts of hate crimes, two counts of simple arson of a religious building and one count of aggravated arson of a religious building, and was denied bond. Read More