Gape Girardeau Arson Suspect Receives Public Defender

A 45 year-old homeless man charged with burning down Cape Girardeau’s Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints (LDS) on April 18, 2021 has been given a public defender. Christopher Pritchard was assigned a public defender on Tuesday by 32nd Judicial Circuit Judge Scott Lipke. The following four felony charges have been filed against Pritchard: property damage motivated by discrimination in the first degree as known as a hate crime, plus burglary and arson in the second degree and the stealing of $750 or more, officials say. Officials say Pritchard is scheduled back in court on August 2, 2021. The structure at 1048 W. Cape Rock Drive was subsequently razed and as of Wednesday it remained an empty lot entirely surrounded by a chain link fence.

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