A 19-year-old suspect in last February's arson that destroyed a 104-year-old church in Barton County will stand trial for the crime after waiving his preliminary hearing.

Investigators allege that John Manco took $200 from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lamar, which is two doors from his own home, poured an accelerant on the altar and throughout the historic church then set it on fire.


Court records indicate that Manco confessed to the break-in and arson to a state investigator.

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