East Texas Church Arson Suspects Indicted

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Two men have been in indicted by a Texas grand jury in connection with a string of church fires in east Texas earlier this year.

Jason Bourque faces five counts of arson and three counts of attempted arson. Twenty-two-year-old Daniel McAllister faces two counts of arson and two counts of attempted arson.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham made the announcement about the indictment to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, but declined to talk more about the case due to a judge's gag order.

The men have already been charged with setting one church fire. The pair is suspected of intentionally torching nine other church buildings earlier this year. No one was hurt in the fires.

The Telegraph reported that investigators used security videotapes and shoe prints to help them link Bourque and McAllister to two of the fires, according to arrest warrant affidavits. The two were arrested two weeks after the blazes in early February.

Both men are being held on a $10 million bond. They could face life in prison if convicted.

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