3 Teens Accused of Arson Over Texas Church Fire

July 22, 2011

Three teens have been accused of setting fire to a Houston-area church.

Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive says the arson suspects were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire early Monday at Living Hope Church in Baytown.

Cpl. John Smith says 19-year-old Brian Alexander Marines of Baytown was jailed Thursday on a charge of arson to a place of worship, with bond set at $750,000. Smith had no details on an attorney for Marines, nor any information on the two juvenile co-defendants.

No church damage estimate was immediately available.

Living Hope Church last week was targeted with graffiti. Investigators have not said whether they believe the vandalism and the fire are related.

Pastor Kevin Kleinhenz says his church will share space at New Journey Church during the repairs.

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