Man suspected of Greenville church arson set to appear before judge

JACKSON, Miss.- The hearing  for Andrew McClinton, who was arrested and charged with first degree arson of a place of worship on Dec. 21, took place on Thursday. He is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.

McClinton is accused of vandalizing Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville and setting on fire.

During the hearing his public defender could request a bond reduction and a municipal judge will consider evidence and other factors to decide whether or not to send the case to the grand jury.

The church was set on fire and the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the side of an outside wall.

McClinton lives in a suburb of Greenville, Leland. He has served time in Mississippi for armed robbery and other crimes.