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Louisiana church burnings: Authorities charge suspect with hate crimes

Holden Matthews, 21, the son of a sheriff's deputy, has now been charged with hate crimes.
Holden Matthews, 21, is the son of a sheriff's deputy. Photo: Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal

A white man accused of burning 3 historically black churches in Louisiana's St. Landry Parish was held in jail without bond after prosecutors added hate crimes to the charges he faces, The Daily Advertiser first reported.

Details: Holden Matthews, 21, the son of a sheriff's deputy, pleaded not guilty via video conference from St. Landry Parish jail to 3 arson charges and the 3 fresh ones of committing hate crimes. The district judge granted authorities' request to deny bail after they argued he was an "immediate risk to public safety," according to CBS News.