Morton man indicted for arson in church fire

Morton resident Aaron Angel Trinidad was indicted last week for arson in a fire that destroyed First United Methodist Church of Morton.

A Cochran County grand jury indicted Trinidad, 19, on March 13.

Bond was set at $100,000.

Trinidad was arrested at gunpoint early the morning of Dec. 1, 2013.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Bristow went to the church on West Taylor in reference to a call about the sound of breaking glass.

Bristow saw someone throwing items on the ground through a broken window. A moment later he saw Trinidad at the window, with smoke behind him, according to records.

Trinidad was taken into custody without incident.

Lawmen found a couch, a television and a VCR on the ground that apparently been thrown from the burning building.

They found paint on Trinidad’s clothes and paint near his mouth. A cigarette lighter was also found on him.

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