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.