Man Arrested in String of St. Louis Area Black Church Fires

Man Arrested in String of St. Louis Area Black Church Fires

David Lopez Jackson was charged with two counts of second-degree arson.

Published October 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 35-year-old black St. Louis man has been charged with starting fires at two predominantly African-American churches earlier this month.

David Lopez Jackson was charged Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree arson in the Oct. 17 fires at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and New Life Missionary Baptist Church.

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The blazes were among seven in the St. Louis area between Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. Five were in St. Louis and two were in nearby Jennings, all within a few miles of each other. Five are predominantly black, one is racially mixed and one is mostly white.

The fires spurred a hate-crime investigation based on either racial or religious motives. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says there is no indication a hate crime occurred.

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(Photo: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

Written by Jim Salter, Associated Press

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