Suspect in Texas Church Fires Reportedly Had Books on Atheism

Court records say books on demons and atheism as well as rifles and knives were found in a home linked to one of the suspects in a string of church fires in eastern Texas.

The items were listed in an affidavit filed after a residence in Grand Saline linked to 19-year-old Jason Robert Bourque was searched on Sunday.

Bourque and 21-year-old Daniel George McAllister were arrested and charged that day with a single felony arson charge.

Eleven area churches have been torched this year in what authorities believe was an arson spree.

The affidavit seeking the search says Bourque left graffiti linking him to one of the blazes in the bathroom of a Tyler store.

Attorneys for the two men are not commenting publicly because of a gag order.