Members of the Thankful Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., were thrown into world of sorrow Sunday night after their pastor, Nim Russell, 55, was killed in a car accident hours after celebrating his 23rd year as their leader in a powerful worship service. His wife, Julia, was also injured.
"Right now we are really grieving; we have really been given a shock," Carlton Gibson, associate pastor at Thankful Baptist Church, told CBS Atlanta surrounded by mourning parishioners. "We never expected this to happen. In fact, we were just ministering to our pastor yesterday for his 23rd anniversary here at Thankful."
A Kansas man charged with murdering an older man and keeping his head in 2011 pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. His trial is expected to start on June 23 and last nearly 12 weeks.
James Paul Harris, 29, is charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of James Gerety, who was killed in the spring of 2011. Harris allegedly told a former girlfriend that he used a guitar string to sever Gerety's head and kept it in a bag to talk with it. He disposed of the rest of the body. A Topeka, Kansas. officer also testified that Harris said he needed the head for part of a voodoo ritual. It was later found.
Harris and his court-appointed attorney, James Campbell, previously appeared before Osage County Magistrate Judge Taylor Wine in order to request the right to a speedy trial. Harris wanted to get on with the trial rather than wait any longer. more >>
A North Carolina pastor who got caught by police after he propositioned a woman for sex by throwing a $20 bill at her at a Super 8 hotel said the devil made him do it.
Officers told Channel 9 that pastor Robert Harris of Harriett Memorial Baptist Church in Forest City, N.C., that the man of God said he thought the woman was a prostitute when he made vulgar requests of her.
Harris reportedly revealed to police that he had counseled a couple at the hotel 10 years ago and had come to the hotel for sex before. After the revelation, however, he plans on making a big confession to his congregation about what he did. more >>
Some criminal justice authorities in Delaware say they are surprised and puzzled after it was revealed that a Superior Court judge sentenced wealthy du Pont heir, Robert H. Richards IV, to probation after he confessed to raping his 3-year-old daughter, because she felt he "will not fare well" in prison.
According to a delawareonline report, Richards also allegedly sexually abused his infant son but authorities did not have enough evidence against him in that case.
Court records show that as part of a plea deal in the 2009 case, Richards confessed to abusing his daughter and Judge Jan Jurden recommended treatment over punishment for the hulking, physically healthy sexual offender who stands at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs between 250 and 276 pounds. more >>
Pat Houston, manager of the late Whitney Houston and aunt to her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, recently filed a restraining order against her niece's husband Nick Gordon.
Pat, the wife of the late singer's brother Gary Houston, has been on the receiving end of Gordon's hostile tweets recently.
According to celebrity news website TMZ: "Nick Gordon -- who grew up in Whitney's house and married Whitney's daughter -- has been ordered to stay 200 yards away from Pat Houston -- Whitney's sister-in-law and executor of her estate. Pat got the order after claiming she feared for her safety after Nick made threatening comments and posted photos of guns." more >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., insisted Thursday that the organization is still in a relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigations after the Bureau recently scrubbed it as a resource from its hate crimes website.
Several Christian groups had complained about the relationship labelling it "inappropriate" last month pointing out the SPLC's link to domestic terrorism and erroneous research.
Up until at least Feb. 10, the FBI promoted the SPLC, which produces a controversial list of "hate groups" many of which are mainstream Christian groups, as a resource for hate crimes across the United States. more >>