30 October, 2021

Suspect identified in last summer's United Daughters of the Confederacy fire in Richmond but no one will be prosecuted due to limited evidence

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United Daughters of Confederacy Headquarters fire

Richmond fire investigators identified and questioned a suspect in last summer’s arson at the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters and sought to bring charges against that person. But Richmond’s commonwealth’s attorney says there is insufficient evidence to proceed, and no one likely will be prosecuted for one of the largest fires set during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

“Given the darkness, use of masks and overall chaotic conditions, we were only able to identify one individual,” Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin said Tuesday after city fire officials referred questions to her office. “Upon further review of the evidence, we did not believe that we would be able to meet our legal burden of proof at trial, and so we declined prosecution of a potential arson charge.”

The blaze, which caused an estimated $1.2 million in structural damage to the marble-clad building at 328 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., occurred on the second day of nightly Black Lives Matter protests in Richmond that stretched from the state Capitol to the West Broad Street corridor to the Museum District.

It was one of 48 fires set during the first 18 days of the demonstrations that began on May 29, 2020…

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