Video, Shoe Prints Implicate Church Fire Suspects

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Investigators say convenience store video and shoe prints helped them to link two suspects to two church fires in east Texas.

Jason Bourque, 19, and Daniel McAllister, 21, were charged Sunday with a single felony arson in the torching of the Dover Baptist Church in rural Smith County.

Affidavits presented Monday in a state district court in Tyler say the footage and prints linked Bourque and McAllister to the Feb. 8 Dover Baptist fire and another the same night at the Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church, also in Tyler. The churches are among 11 burned in Texas this year.

Bourque and McAllister could face life in prison if convicted. Bond is set at $10 million apiece.

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