Monday, February 22, 2010

DNA, Tips Lead to Arrests in Texas Church Fire


AP NEWS, TYLER, Texas — Investigators say DNA evidence collected at the site of one of several Texas churches destroyed by arson links one of two suspects to the blaze, and they haven't ruled out more charges.

Jason Robert Bourque, 19, and Daniel George McAllister, 21, were arrested and charged Sunday with one count of felony arson for the torching of a church in rural Smith County, said Tom Crowley, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The church near Tyler, about 90 miles east of Dallas, was among 10 in east Texas burned since the beginning of 2010. Authorities believe those fires, along with another in central Texas, were arson. No injuries have been reported in the fires.

See related article: Sketches released in 10 E. Texas church arson cases

1 comment:

  1. I live here in Tyler Texas and we are very relieved this has come to an end. Please pray for these Churches and the men who did this, that they would come to know the Jesus they have persecuted.

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