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The Latest: Man arrested in arson is a member of the burnt church

JACKSON, Miss. – The Latest on an arrest in a Mississippi church burning (all times are local):

3:10 pm

The bishop of an African-American church in Mississippi that was burned and spray-painted with the words “Vote Trump card”, says the man arrested in the case is a member of the church.

The police in Greenville on Wednesday arrested a 45-year-old Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, and charged him with first degree arson of a place of worship.

Bishop Clarence Green of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church tells The Associated Press that McClinton is a member of the church.

Green says that he did not know about the arrest until the AP called him.

The church was set on fire and destroyed Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.

It was not immediately clear whether McClinton is represented by a lawyer.

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2:37 pm

Mississippi authorities have arrested a man at the burning of an African-American church that was also spray painted with the words, “Vote Trump.”

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, African-American, is charged with first degree arson of a place of worship.

McClinton was Wednesday arrested. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was burned and destroyed Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.

It was not immediately clear whether McClinton is represented by a lawyer.

Greenville is one of the Mississippi River and the port city of approximately 32,100 people, and about 78 percent of the residents are African-American.

After the fire, the Cemetery, church members began to worship in a chapel in a predominantly white First Baptist Church of Greenville.

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