Arson Suspect’s Mom Says Her Son Didn’t Do It

| February 24, 2010

The mother of one of the men accused of torching East Texas churches said her son has a relationship with God and she feels the 19-year-old has been falsely accused.

Kimberly Bourque talked with the Tyler Morning Telegraph this morning to defend her son and to clear up an earlier report about her being arrested in October.

Ms. Bourque said she was arrested in Van Zandt County in October on burglary and drug charges, but those charges were later dropped.

“Those charges against me were dismissed. The two men and I had rented the house where we were arrested and were not part of the burglary ring, which included the people who lived in the house before us,” she said.

Van Zandt County District Attorney Investigator Tim McLemee confirmed the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office had requested the charges against Ms. Bourque dismissed.

Ms. Bourque said her arrest was a case of mistaken identity and that she believes the same thing has happened to her 19-year-old son Jason Robert Bourque.

Bourque and Daniel George McAllister, 21, were taken into custody earlier this week and charged with one felony count of arson in relation to the string of 10 church arsons since Jan. 1.

“My family is devastated with all of this and we know my boy couldn't have done this. It is not in his character and he does have a relationship with God,” Ms. Bourque said.

She continued by saying her son had a “ton of support” from his family, her church and friends.

“None of this has been proven, and the police can say what they want, but until it is proven then I just don't believe he did any of this,” she said.

Ms. Bourque said she could not discuss specifics of the case, pending its outcome.

McLemee said he has possession of both suspects' computers and has looked at all of the surveillance video in the case.

McLemee said he is working on the computers and believes it will take about a week to complete a forensic search on each one.

“I'm interested to see what we will find on them,” he said.

Ms. Bourque said there are many prayers for her son, who she has visited in jail since his incarceration.

“He is doing about as good as anyone in his position would. I told him to stay strong and that I will be there for him no matter what happens,” she said.

Both Bourque and McAllister remain in the Smith County Jail on $10 million bond each.

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