Trial Date Set for Alabama Church Arson Suspects

The three college students arrested in March for the burnings of nine rural churches in Alabama will most likely never go to trial.

The trial date was moved from June to November, a delay, according to sources, that is the result of infighting over a plea agreement among federal prosecutors, Alabama’s attorney general and three county prosecutors.

At issue is where the three will serve their jail time.

20-year old Matthew Cloyd, 19-year olds Russell Debusk Jr, and Benjamin Moseley, were charged with breaking both state and federal laws, and has been in federal lockup since their arrest.

U.S Attorney Alice Martin said in such cases, local prosecutors typically agree to a federal sentence in federal prison, if only to save the locals money.


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