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Convicted murderer is one of the suspects in Emmett church fires

Convicted murderer is one of the suspects in Emmett church fires

EMMETT, Idaho (KBOI) - The Gem County Prosecutor's Office has identified two men suspected in the Emmett church fires from late last month.

The prosecutor says Bradley Thomasson, 41, and William Dorahush, Jr., 45, have been charged with two counts of arson, burglary and theft.

"We have collected some valuable evidence and statements that link these two suspects to the arson cases," Steve Nebeker, Emmett Police chief said on Monday.

Thomasson was a 17-year-old high school senior when he shot Judith Ann Thomasson, 50, and Ray E. Thomasson, 57, on Sept. 22, 1989 at their Lewiston home, police said. The teen initially told police he had argued with his parents over the use of the family's car, The Associated Press reported in January 2012.

Thomasson was released after serving 22 years in prison.

In April, firefighters were called out to the Community Bible and First Baptist churches. Significant damage was reported at both churches. The FBI assisted in the investigation.

Dorahush was convicted of burglary and arson in 1992 in Madison County and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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