“Gay for Pay” Pastor killing Cousins want separate trials. Each blames the other…
Two cousins who are charged with killing a Chattanooga, Tenn., pastor are seeking separate trials, each in hope of convincing a jury that the other one is responsible for the crime.
In October 2010 the Reverend David Strong of the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church was brutally tortured and stabbed to death. In May cousins Brendan Barnes, 17, and Antonio Henry, 26, were indicted for the murder.
Henry said he and his cousin had stabbed Strong after the pastor made unwanted sexual advances, but then changed his story and said that the pastor had paid him for sex in the past. Henry says Barnes, who will be tried as an adult, had committed the crime alone.
Strong’s relatives say the slain pastor was not gay. His church, the world’s oldest and largest predominantly black denomination, has opposed most gay rights initiatives, including ordination of openly gay clergy and marriage equality.
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