Three black churches were torched in 10 days. Two were in the city of Opelousas. Another was in a nearby town.
Matthews is the son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy. He was arrested Wednesday on three charges of arson of a religious building. The three additional hate crimes charges — one for each blaze — were added Monday.
Authorities at Monday’s hearing also outlined a litany of new evidence that prosecutors say ties Matthews to the crimes.