A man suspected of in Louisiana has been indicted on federal hate crime charges, the Wednesday.
Holden Matthews, 21, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts each of using fire to commit a felony and intentionally damaging a religious property, the latter of which is classified as a hate crime under the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996.
Matthews had already been hit with after he allegedly used gasoline to , about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge, in late March and early April. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on April 15.
Authorities believe he set the fires because the congregations of those churches were predominantly and historically black. If convicted on the three