Trio of Suspects Being Held in Alabama Church Fires

MARCH 8, 2006 - Posted at 3:35 p.m. CST

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Governor Bob Riley says it's "it's a good day for Alabama."

Officials say they are holding three suspects in a series of church arsons last month.  Riley says now his state and religious groups "can rest a little easier."

FBI Agent Carmen Adams identified the suspects as 19-year-olds Benjamin Moseley and Russel Debusk and 20-year-old Matthew Cloyd.  Adams says they face conspiracy and arson charges.

State Attorney General Troy King says a "reign of terror" is coming to an end.

The men are accused in a series of fires in early February that destroyed or damaged nine churches.

Two are students at Birmingham-Southern College and the other is a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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