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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Member Charged in Arson of Black Church With ‘Vote Trump’ Scrawled on Side

The authorities charged a man on Wednesday with setting fire last month to a predominantly African-American church in Greenville, Miss., where “Vote Trump” was found spray-painted on the side of the building.

The man, Andrew McClinton, 45, of Leland, Miss., was charged with arson of a place of worship in the first degree, a felony, Warren Strain, a spokesman for theMississippi Department of Public Safety, said in an interview on Wednesday.

Mr. McClinton, who is black, was a member of the church, Hopewell Missionary Baptist, at the time of the fire on Nov. 1, Mr. Strain said.

The church sanctuary was heavily damaged by heat, fire and smoke. The 200-member church has been a fixture for more than 110 years in Greenville, a Mississippi Delta city of about 32,000 that is around 120 miles north of Jackson, Miss.

Mr. McClinton appeared voluntarily at the Greenville Police Department, where he made statements that implicated him in the crime on Wednesday, Mr. Strain said. He did not have a lawyer as of Wednesday night and was to make his first court appearance on Thursday.

Noting that the investigation was continuing, Mr. Strain declined to discuss a possible motive for the arson or how investigators linked him to it.

The fire was set a week before Election Day, but a state official said the authorities did not believe it was motivated by politics.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think we all know why... and how come the MSM isn't all over this...?

Anonymous said...

What was he thinking?

Anonymous said...

My child, Obama's masters got hold of his brain. The alien reptiles implant thoughts into the weak minded to control them, like they control all liberal zombies.

Anonymous said...

9:08
What was he thinking?
Pretty much the same thing Charlie Manson was thinking with his Helter Skelter, only in reverse.

Anonymous said...

Well, then, there now...say it ain't so.