Jesse Matthew, the man suspected of killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Albemarle County authorities are scheduled to announce the murder charge at a press conference on Tuesday, CBS6 reported.
Matthew, a 32-year-old nursing assistant, is behind bars awaiting to stand trial on March 9 on separate charges that he sexually assaulted another woman in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2005. He has also been forensically linked to the 2009 disappearance of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington. more >>
A Canadian pastor accused of sexually assaulting one of his congregants and defrauding her has been arrested and charged.
Bishop Wayne M. Jones, 53, of United Spiritual Baptist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, was recently taken into police custody and charged with sexual assault and three counts of theft fraud over $5,000 after a woman accused him of wrongdoing during an exorcism.
The married pastor allegedly offered "spiritual guidance" sessions at his church and attacked the woman during one. more >>
Pope Francis has sent out a letter to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church declaring that sex abusers have no place in the ecclesiastical body.
In the official letter sent out Monday the pontiff mentioned a July meeting he had with individuals who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. "At my meeting in July with persons who had suffered sexual abuse by priests, I was deeply moved by their witness to the depth of their sufferings and the strength of their faith," wrote Francis.
"This experience reaffirmed my conviction that everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors and to open pathways of reconciliation and healing for those who were abused." more >>
After learning that their beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home Monday, a Houston community was sent reeling Wednesday when they heard that the pastor's 19-year-old son was charged with carrying out the brutal triple murders using a baseball bat, a hammer, a lamp and kitchen knife.
A click2Houston report said pastor Israel Ahimbisibwe, 51, vicar of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Houston, his wife, Dorcus, 47, and their 5-year-old son, Israel Ahimbisibwe Jr., were found dead in their apartment unit in the 800 block of Strey Lane, just south of Memorial City Mall by firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, after concerned church members raised an alarm when the family didn't show up for church on Sunday.
On Wednesday night, KHOU reported that the couple's 19-year-old son, Isaac Tiharihondi, was charged with two counts of capital murder and was being held in custody in Mississippi. Investigators theorize, according to court documents, that Tiharihondi killed his family at their apartment. He is alleged to have used a lamp, baseball bat and a hammer to kill his parents and stabbed his little brother with a kitchen knife. more >>
Two days before she was ordinated as the first female Episcopal bishop in Maryland and three months before she was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident, Bishop Heather Cook was suspected of being drunk at a private party by head of the Maryland diocese, Eugene Taylor Sutton, and he warned the Episcopal church's national leader, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, about it.
A diocesan spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, took Cook to a Baltimore restaurant on Sept. 4 as a gesture of welcome in honor of her then pending ordination into the Episcopal church's high-ranking leadership club.
According to a September entry from a timeline of events document released by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Tuesday, Sutton, who was present at the dinner, raised concern with Schori that Cook may have gotten a bit happy with the alcohol but nothing came of it. more >>
A community in Houston, Texas, was left in the throes of grief Monday after a beloved pastor, his wife, and 5-year-old son were discovered murdered in their home.
A click2Houston report said Israel Ahimbisibwe, vicar of Redeemer Episcopal Church in Houston, his wife, Dorcus, and their 5-year-old son, Israel Ahimbisibwe Jr., were found dead in their apartment unit in the 800 block of Strey Lane, just south of Memorial City Mall by firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Church members said they grew concerned after Ahimbisibwe and his wife failed to show up for church on Sunday and didn't return calls on Monday. more >>