Two suspects who were recently arrested in relation to the murder of Memphis, Tennessee, pastor Don Smith took selfies while joyriding in his stolen 2010 Buick Lacrosse.
Lashonda Williams, 24, and Roger Reed Jr., 23, were arrested on Nov. 5 in Greenville, 150 miles south of Memphis, for allegedly committing first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, according to Fox 13.
Smith, 57, was the pastor of Prospect Park Baptist Church in the Whitehaven area of Memphis, and was found murdered on Nov 1, where his body was discovered by two men walking their dogs. Police and paramedics were dispatched to the scene but Smith was already dead. The Shelby County Medical Examiner's office said he was killed from a gunshot wound. more >>
Roman Catholic Church bishops condemned the ongoing "corruption, impunity and violence" in Mexico over the missing 43 students believed to have been massacred by a criminal gang after being handed over by corrupt policemen. Massive protests in Acapulco against government inaction meanwhile resulted in clashes that left 16 officers injured.
"Adding our voice to theirs and to all of society, we say, 'Enough with so much corruption, impunity and violence,'" the Mexican bishops' conference said, standing in solidarity with the victims' families.
"Respectfully and energetically, we ask the authorities to take the investigation to its final consequences so that it's known with certainty what has happened with the disappeared, and the intellectual authors ... are punished with the full weight of the law," the statement continued, according to Catholic News Service. more >>
A man convicted of raping two women using the websites Christian Mingle and Match.com was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison on Friday in California, and before sentencing recited Scripture.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good," Banks said before being sentenced by Judge Daniel Goldstein.
Banks was convicted of using the websites to lure two women into meeting him, and when they did, he raped them. Not only that, but he hounded them after the assault, warning them not to tell anyone what had happened. Banks maintained his innocence until the very end of the trial and even blamed the victims for the rapes. more >>
An official with the Church of Pakistan has confirmed that a Christian couple was beaten and burned alive over a false accusation made by their employer who claimed they ripped pages out of a Quran and threw them into a brick kiln furnace.
Raheel Sharoon, development officer of the Diocese of Raiwind, said Thursday that Shehzad Masih and his wife, Shamah — who were beaten in the streets Tuesday by a Muslim mob of 1,500 to 1,600 that tore off their clothes beat them before throwning them into a furnace — were killed because their employer said they owed him money, and he started the rumor to exact revenge.
"The real story is that the owner of brick kiln, Yousaf Gujjar, lent some money to the couple and when he asked for the money to be returned there was a confrontation since a majority of brick kiln workers cannot return their loans in cash, but do it by working at the brick kiln. After which he started spreading rumors of desecration of the Quran," Sharoon said, according to the Episcopal News Service. more >>
A Wimauma, Florida, pastor recently confessed to a crime he committed "30 to 40 years ago" that involved him having sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl.
Patrick H. Shiver, 72, admitted to having sex with the underage girl three decades ago during a controlled telephone call with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.