Suspect in Emmett church fires served time for murder

Suspect in Emmett church fires served time for murder

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by KTVB & Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 11:25 PM

EMMETT – The Gem County prosecutor has filed arson, burglary and theft charges against two Emmett men accused of setting fire to two churches last month.

Prosecutor Richard Linville says 41-year-old Bradley Thomasson and 45-year-old William Dorahush Jr. were each charged with two counts of first-degree arson, burglary and theft. Both men are currently in the Gem County Jail on unrelated charges.

One of the suspects charged Wednesday was convicted of killing his adoptive parents in 1989.

Court records show Thomasson spent 22 years in prison for killing his adoptive parents in Nez Perce County in 1989. Dorahush has a criminal record that includes four convictions for arson.

The charges come after a two-week investigation by law enforcement agencies.

On the morning of April 27, firefighters responded to fires at the Community Bible Church and First Baptist Church. The two churches are down the street from each other in downtown Emmett.

Earlier this week, we visited both churches.  They are badly damaged but restoration work is already underway at one of the churches.

Police, city officials and residents we talked with all expressed relief that the culprits were in custody.

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