The number of churches burned in suspected arsons in East Texas now stands at ten since New Year’s Day. While officials aren’t sure of the motive or if they all involve the same arsonist(s), they do know that the crimes have local congregations in fear.
Covered by local and national news, investigated by local and federal authorities, the string of church fires has left many unanswered questions. According to the Dallas Morning News, the fires don’t seem to be racially motivated as the churches involved have racially diverse congregations. It doesn’t seem to have religious motives as those churches are of various denominations as well.
Officials have considered the arsons may be a way of covering up another crime, though according to USA Today, little if anything has been stolen from the structures.
No one has been injured, which is good for the arsonist, should they ever be caught. Although arson is the most serious property crime, it carries a far more serious penalty if someone is hurt in the fire. In most cases, however, the arsonist is not caught. Also, if caught, they stand a far greater chance of being found not guilty.
Building an arson case is difficult simply because the evidence is often lost in the fire. Other property crimes like criminal mischief and graffiti are easier for the prosecution to prove.
When facing charges like criminal mischief and knowing that the prosecution has evidence to get a conviction, stress can mount as you consider spending time behind bars and paying off large fines. Having a defense attorney as your advocate can put your mind at rest.
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