WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC)-
Two teenagers have been arrested and charged with burning down a 56-year-old church building in Walker County. The county's district attorney called the arson a "stupid" crime.
Patton Hill Baptist Church, located near Oakman, was destroyed in the Dec. 20 blaze. Brady Kilpatrick, 18, has been charged with second-degree arson and third-degree burglary. Those same charges have also been filed against the other suspect, a 17-year-old juvenile. The Walker County District Attorney says he is working to get the 17-year-old tried as an adult.
Authorities say vandalism was a motive in the crime and they believe drug use was also a factor in the arson.
The fire was reported around 7 a.m. Dec. 20 by a young church member who passed the church on his way to school.
The church congregation already has plans to rebuild in the works. They have a building fund set up at the Pinnacle Bank in Jasper for anyone who would like to donate.