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Arrest Made in Greenville Church Burning

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Andrew McClinton, 45, is accused of burning Hopewell M.B. Church
Mark Rigsby - MPB News/MSDPS

A Leland man is accused of setting fire to an African-American church in the Delta.
As MPB's Mark Rigsby reports, the suspect attended the church.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says 45 year old Andrew McClinton is charged with arson of a place of worship in connection to the fire at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Chruch in Greenville on November 1st. The words "Vote Trump" were spray painted on the side of the church. The incident received national attention one week before the presidential election. Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons says the city "will not rest until the culprit is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The Associated Press reports the bishop of the church, Clarence Green, says McClinton is a member of the congregation. McClinton will be held in the Washington County Detention Center before his first court appearance in Greenville. Local, state, and federal law enforcement and fire officials are working together on the investigation.