Criminal Justice

Law student is arrested on attempted murder charges in mobile-home fire


A law student at St. Mary’s University law school in Texas has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and arson in connection with a mobile-home fire in Louisiana.

Matthew Edward Alexander, who was preparing to begin his 2L year at the law school, was arrested Tuesday in San Antonio on warrants out of Monroe, Louisiana, Above the Law reports, summarizing coverage by the San Antonio Express-News and Fox San Antonio. The Associated Press also has coverage. He was arrested at the school’s Center for Legal and Social Justice after leaving a class, a law school spokesperson said.

A three-sentence press release by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s police says Alexander was arrested on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, arson and aggravated arson.

The charges stem from a fire which occurred at a trailer home while two persons were inside. The law school is evaluating Alexander’s status as a student, according to the Express-News.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. in response to commenter to state that Alexander was to begin his 2L year.

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