Prosecutors in Texas say a man on trial this week is the criminal who vandalized, then tried to burn down a church building in Fort Worth.
The main building of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church received heavy damage in January. Multiple windows, walls, art, educational supplies, toys, books and more were destroyed, according to a Go Fund Me page set up to help the congregation. Surveillance video of the arsonist was released through local media. A citizen recognized Thomas Britton, 55, a homeless man, as the man in the video. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper reports Britton had a black, tarry substance on his face and hands. He claimed it was because he had been wildcatting on an oil rig. He was charged and indicted for criminal mischief over $300,000.
A motive for the criminal act has not been announced by authorities.
Testimony in Britton’s trial is set to begin Tuesday.
According to jail records, Britton has been held in the Tarrant county jail without bond since his arrest.