U.S.: Teen remains in custody following South Carolina church fire

JEFF TURNER

A minor accused of making a video of himself setting a South Carolina church on fire will remain in juvenile jail pending a competency hearing.

The teen, whose name is not released because of his age, appeared before the York County Family Court Tuesday. He’s accused of causing at least $40,000 damage in May to the Catawba Chapel AME Zion Church. He is charged with second-degree arson, malicious damage to a house of worship, Larceny, and burglary.

The fire was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations and local sheriff’s deputies. Officials have not said what they believe the teen’s motive was for setting the fire.

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