Fire marshal: Politically unlikely motif in the ‘Voice Trump’ arson

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi fire marshal, said the researchers do not see politics as the motivation for the burning of an African-American church that was also sprayed with the words “Vote Trump” a week before the presidential election.

But Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also state fire marshal, says there are signs that it can be made to appear that way.

A 45-year-old man, who is a member of the church, and is a prior criminal record, was on Wednesday arrested and charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship.

Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, is scheduled for the first time a court appearance Thursday in Greenville — the city where the Cemetery and Missionary Baptist Church was set on fire and destroyed Nov. 1.

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