According to ABC News, the 21-year-old black metal fan suspected of setting three black churches on fire in Louisiana appeared in court earlier today (April 15). Holden Matthews, who also fronts Vodka Vultures, did not speak during the hearing, but his court-appointed lawyer did enter a not guilty plea. He was also denied bail due to him being an imminent danger to society and a flight risk.
Matthews has been charged with two counts of simple arson of a religious building, one count of aggravated arson, and three counts of violation of hate crime statute. The fires took place at St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4. There is still no clear motive behind the horrible crimes.
The Daily Beast previously reported that Matthews is “active in pagan and black metal pages” and that he left comments on two memes about Varg Vikernes (Burzum), the former neo-Nazi that served 15 years in prison after murdering Mayhem’s Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth and burning churches down in Norway. The comments were not too telling, but the article does say that “Matthews frequently posted about pagan beliefs, and recently uploaded a picture of a gun and a knife with the caption ‘I carry this…..maybe not legally but I only truly follow the law of Odin….. which says as you said,arm yourself…… Odins advice> modern law.’”
On top of that, he also commented on “a drawing of a pagan figure [with] a swastika-like design on his belt” saying “the belt gives him extra strength and power…..white power lmao jk jk I had to.”