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A break down of the church arson indictments

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By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The two men, accused of setting several East Texas churches on fire, are facing more charges. Tuesday, the Smith County grand jury handed up a combined 12 indictments against Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister.

Wednesday, the judge released the paperwork. A total of eight indictments were returned against Bourque while four were handed up to McAllister. The court documents show which church fires each suspect was formally charged on.

Jason Bourque's charges cover all of the church fires in Smith County, which includes Dover Baptist Church, Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Tyland Baptist Church, First Church of Christ Scientist, and Fellowship Prairie Creek.

Daniel McAllister has been charged for the arson of Dover Baptist Church and Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church.

Both men were also charged with attempted arson at Pinebrook Baptist Church and Clearview Baptist Church. The paperwork says the suspects broke into these churches by busting in glass doors.

Bourque was served an additional indictment for attempted arson of Heritage Baptist Church.

We have reported that the suspects used materials they found inside the churches, like hymnals and Bibles, to light on fire. The documents confirm that the men did use available combustible materials.

The paperwork does not refer to what kind of evidence the court brought against the suspects, but in a press conference after the suspects were arrested, authorities did say that DNA was recovered at the scenes.

The D.A.'s office has signed a protective order, so they could not comment on the case.

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