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Man Faces Hate Crime Charges In Cape Girardeau

(Cape Girardeau) A man accused of burning down a southeast Missouri church faces federal hate crime charges.

Forty-six-year-old Christopher Pritchard is suspected of arson in the burning of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cape Girardeau a year ago.

Authorities say two people reported smoke was coming from the church and they saw a man believed to be Pritchard watching it burn.

He left before emergency responders arrived.

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