The trial for the man accused of burning down a Houston, Texas, furniture store has been delayed because the man's defense team successfully argued that he is not competent to stand trial. According to reports, the man has a nonmalignant brain tumor, which has impaired his cognitive and physical abilities. This medical ailment has left the man unable to adequately participate in his own property crimes defense. After the man recuperates, the trial will resume.
Crimes against property are treated seriously in Texas, and this is particularly true in cases in which the crime may have endangered the life of another. Recently, one man was found guilty of intentionally destroying property. It appears that his rationale may have been to "gain status" with the Aryan Brotherhood.Reportedly, on Dec. 28 in 2010, the 26-year-old man from the west Texas town of Crane began a series of racially motivated crimes that ended with arson. The crimes were apparently prompted by his seeing an African-American man in a wheelchair passing by a church. According to reports, the 26-year-old subsequently decided to set fire to the Faith in Christ Church in Crane. He also allegedly hoped that the African-American man would be killed in the fire.