VICTORIA, Texas – Prosecutors say a Texas man accused of arson in a mosque made plans to create a “rogue unit” to check and if necessary to confront Muslims in the Islamic center.
Marq Vincent Perez is on trial for federal arson and hate crime charges for the 2017 fire to a mosque in Victoria, approximately 120 miles (190 km) southwest of Houston. On Tuesday, jurors saw private messages, and Facebook messages that prosecutors say show Perez’s dislike and distrust of the Muslims.
They also heard from a federal investigator, who said Perez phone contained four photos of the burning mosque.
Perez has said that he was not involved in the fire. According to the Express-News , attorney Mark DiCarlo hinted that alibis can be presented later in the study, which is expected to last two weeks.