Accused arsonist of Islamic center faces judge

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - Alarming allegations are being made against the man accused of setting fire to a Houston Islamic center.

After Darryl Ferguson, 55, walked into court for a probable cause hearing Tuesday, prosecutors revealed new, disturbing details about the arson suspect.

Ferguson is accused of burning the Quba Islamic Institute on FM 1959.

Ferguson told KPRC 2 he was only trying to keep warm, but the district attorney's office said Ferguson may have revealed a more sinister motive to a convenience store clerk after the fire.

"He told a nearby convenience store clerk that he hated Muslims, they got what they deserved, and things happen for a reason," a county clerk said during Ferguson's court appearance.

Authorities said Ferguson came in voluntarily to submit to an interview with investigators after the fire.

Ferguson has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges of driving while intoxicated, burglary and credit card abuse.

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