Atheism books found in home of church fire suspect

Jason Bourque, 21, (left) pleaded guilty to two counts of arson and was given two life sentences, while Daniel McAllister, 23, pleaded guilty to a single count of arson and received a life sentence, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported.

February 24, 2010 8:18:10 AM PST
Court records indicate one of the suspects arrested on an arson charge in the burning of churches in East Texas had assault rifles and books on demons and atheism in his home. Investigators also say 19-year-old Jason Bourque left graffiti in the bathroom stall of a ranch store. The Dallas Morning News reports Wednesday that court documents say Bourque carved an upside-down cross topped by flames into the bathroom wall, along with the words "Little Hope was Arson."

Little Hope Baptist Church was the first of 11 churches that were torched in what authorities believe was an arson spree.

Bourque and 21-year-old Daniel George McAllister were arrested and charged Sunday with a single felony arson charge.

Attorneys are not commenting publicly because of a gag order.


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