A Chatsworth man has been charged with defacing a public monument in connection with the spray-painting of the Confederate veterans monument outside the Murray County courthouse this week.

The charge is a misdemeanor.

Ryan Dean Nichols, 33, of 225 N. Fifth Ave., was charged Wednesday by the Chatsworth Police Department and booked into the Murray County jail. A jail official said he was still there Thursday afternoon.

Wendell Bruce, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 938, said he was happy to hear someone had been arrested.

“I think it is about time someone is held accountable for the desecration of our monuments,” he said.

Camp 938 erected the monument more than 20 years ago.

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