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Marq Perez trial starts July 9th, plus an update on the Victoria Mosque re-build

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A year and a half after the Islamic Center of Victoria was engulfed in flames and left in ruins, the lead suspect in the arson will face his day in court.

Marq Perez, the man accused of burning the Victoria Mosque down, will be tried in court this Monday, July 9th. Jury selection will begin at 9:30 a.m. Court officials say the trial will start the same day if jury selection is done quickly. Otherwise, the trial will begin on Tuesday. Perez is facing a hate crime charge of Arson and could see upwards of twenty years in prison if found guilty.

While Marq Perez awaits his trial, the Victoria Islamic Center inches one step closer to officially re-opening its doors. 

According to workers on site, the mosque is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, the center cannot officially open because of city building codes until landscaping for the grounds is completed. Workers expect landscaping to finish by mid-August before the mosque officially opens again.

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