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Louisiana anon goes full Varg

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>The man accused of burning down three churches in Louisiana has been charged with hate crimes

When three predominantly black churches burned in a single Louisiana parish in the span of just 10 days, the news sent a shiver through the community that rippled across the country. Though the cause of the fires was not immediately known, the destruction of three pillars of the area’s black community recalled dark memories of a not-that-distant past.

Now, the man who stands accused of setting the fires has not only been charged with arson, he is facing three hate-crime charges, too.

The St. Landry Parish district attorney, Earl Taylor, filed the charges against Holden Matthews on Monday. In Louisiana, hate crimes include offenses perpetrated against an individual because of their race, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or other protected status. Taylor declined to comment on the charges.

Last week, Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a local sheriff’s deputy, was arrested and charged with three counts of arson for setting fires at St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2 and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4.

Matthews pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday during an appearance in court conducted by video conference, according to the Advocate. Prosecutors have charged him with three counts of hate crimes, two counts of simple arson and one count of aggravated arson. He was denied bond.