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 The suspect in three Louisiana church arsons took photos and videos of the fires while they were burning and shared them with his friends, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Prosecutors presented the images during a detention hearing for Holden Matthews, 21, saying they had been recovered from Matthews' phone, news outlets reported.

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The U.S. Justice Department says hate crime charges have been filed against a Louisiana man in connection with three fires that destroyed African American churches earlier this year. A news release from the department says 21-year-old Holden Matthews faces three counts of "intentional damage to religious property," which are hate crime charges. Matthews has pleaded not guilty to related state charges. His attorney declined comment on the federal charges.

Court records have been sealed from the public in the cases of two women accused in the 2018 burning death of a 6-month-old boy.

The Alexandria Town Talk reports the order to seal the cases was issued last week. Hanna Barker and Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith were indicted on first-degree murder in the death of Barker's son, Levi Cole Ellerbe.

A man accused of slayings in two states will remain in custody upon early release from prison in Louisiana.

30-year-old Quinton V. Tellis only needed to serve 35 percent of his 10-year sentence for using Ming-Chen Hsiao's debit card after her 2015 stabbing death, and is scheduled to be released Feb. 18.

Ouachita Parish District Attorney Steve Tew says his office will use a detainer to return him to parish custody. Tew says a warrant is on file for Tellis on charges of first-degree murder in Hsiao's death, and he believes his office will proceed with the case.

Police in New Orleans have arrested a man and charged him with second-degree murder in a woman's death in a fire.

News outlets reported 39-year-old Erik Beasley was arrested Tuesday after he was released from a hospital. Beasley was also charged with aggravated arson.

The New Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has not confirmed the woman's name. She was found Nov. 23 on a burned chaise, although the rest of the room had little damage.

Fire has killed two children and burned four people who tried to rescue them from a mobile home in a New Orleans suburb.

News agencies report that the Plaquemines Parish coroner's office identified the children Monday as 9-year-old Madison Branton and her 7-year-old brother, Jordan Beckham.

The Louisiana state fire marshal's office says their bodies were found in the burned-out mobile home where two dogs also died late Sunday.

Man dies in house fire in Louisiana

Oct 15, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man has been found dead in his burning home in Louisiana. St. George Fire Department spokesman Eldon Ledoux told news outlets the fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. Monday at a home in Baton Rouge. Ledoux said flames were through the roof and about half of the home was burning when firefighters arrived. The man lived alone in the house. His name has not been released yet. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death. The cause of the fire has not been determined. East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies are investigating.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew has rescued four people from a burning passenger vessel off Louisiana.

A news release says people on the Grand Sun reported the fire about 2:40 a.m. Monday from the Chandeleur Sound, and a helicopter arrived before 4 a.m.

The aircrew took all four to emergency medical services at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

Petty Officer Travis MaGee says he doesn't know where they went from there, or their conditions.

MONROE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says his office will confer with Mississippi counterparts before trying a man who has been accused of murder in both states.

Assistant District Attorney Geary Aycock tells The News-Star of Monroe that no decision has been made on trying Quinton Tellis there after a Mississippi jury couldn't reach a verdict on separate murder charges.

CAMERON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says someone used gasoline to burn the body of a woman found dead alongside a Cameron Parish road.

Sheriff Ron Johnson tells the American Press someone likely tried to set 32-year-old Mitzie B. Galimidi's body on fire to destroy evidence. He says the state fire marshal's office says rain likely prevented the fire from burning the woman's corpse.

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