Woman had filed rape charges against slain pastor

Woodrow Karey, Jr. (AP Photo)

Woodrow Karey, Jr. (AP Photo)

Two days before a Louisiana pastor was shot to death while preaching, the wife of the man accused in the killing filed rape charges against him.

Woodrow Karey, 53, a former member of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, is charged in the Friday shooting death of Ronald Harris Sr, also 53.

Police declined to release details of the rape allegations, but the local sheriff said Monday that Harris and the suspect’s wife had exchanged text messages days before she filed the rape complaint. It’s not clear if the pastor and the victim’s wife had a consensual sexual relationship at one point, the sheriff said.

Karey has no known history of crime or mental troubles, police said, and was acting normally prior to the shooting, friends say.

About a week before the shooting, Karey found the text messages on his wife’s phone, investigators said.

Karey walked into the church, shot Harris with a shotgun as he was preaching and then fired at him again at close range when the pastor fell to the ground. Karey called authorities minutes later to surrender.

He remains jailed on a $1 million bond.

36 comments Add your comment


October 1st, 2013
6:55 am

Dont mess with a man’s wife.


October 1st, 2013
6:57 am

It seems I was right there was more to the story than was first printed.


October 1st, 2013
6:58 am

I hope men and women learn something from this one!


October 1st, 2013
7:25 am

Another MAN of GOD….. LOL !


October 1st, 2013
7:38 am

I thought there was more to the story than this. I wonder if it’s true that the pastor was doing something with the man’s wife. They are only men, just cause you put on the robe or clergy collar doesn’t make you above sin. There are men who already suspect women messing with the women in the congregation married or otherwise and sometimes they are RIGHT! It’s just taggic that it had to come to this. The man couldn’t simply deal in a way that was not deadly over his wife’s possible infidelity with the preacher.


October 1st, 2013
7:43 am

Why is it that our “leaders” are the ones constantly screwing us?
Priests, pastors, politicians!

Telliac Naxor

October 1st, 2013
7:58 am

This is why we all need prayer. Pray that none of us will fall into the temptations of this world and yield to sin. My prayers goes out to the family of the slain pastor, the congregation and the family of the husband. Let us pray for one another that we faint not and will be able to stand in these last and evil days. NO ONE is above sin, ONLY God. May God have mercy on all involved.


October 1st, 2013
8:09 am

I do not understand why PEOPLE JUST DON’T LEAVE WHEN ITS NOT WORKING. Despite the screaming headline about homicides and stranger danger crimes, the overwhelming percentage of homicide are committed by people who have are known to one another. And, sadly, in the majority of these known perp homicides, an overwhelming percentage are people who are or were in a romantic relationship. I believe it should be like this You Have to Know When to Hold them and When to Fold them. Or, as we often here when tempers flare just walk away.

Sounds Fishy

October 1st, 2013
8:12 am

I wonder if it was really ‘rape,’ or if they were kickin’ it, her hubby found out something and then the wife just called it “rape.” In any case, something fishy was goin on. Pastors/preachers are just men, with all the same hound dog minds.


October 1st, 2013
8:45 am

Why didn’t he shoot his wife, too?


October 1st, 2013
8:47 am

This guy was 100% wrong for shooting the other guy. The pastor was 100% wrong for messing with the other man’s wife. However, we don’t need an investigation here.. She had an affair, her husband found out, she then alleged rape, which further enraged him so he killed the guy. A man is dead while another is incarcerated over a very rotten woman. Like women of her ilk, she’ll just plod along and wreak more havoc in another’s life. She’s responsible for bringing confusion into their marriage.

The Geezer

October 1st, 2013
8:52 am

Thou shalt not commit adultery. And that certainly includes rape.


October 1st, 2013
8:54 am

A man is just a man, no matter his position in society. A preacher still sins, just like politicians still lie. We cannot put our faith in man. They are human, they will err.


October 1st, 2013
8:58 am

And there are “sorry” women who feel it is their duty to break up every relationship they can. They make it their job, and it happens before the men they target even know what is happening to them. But then, these men are just plain weak men, and prayer has nothing to do with it. These men need to develop some fortitude and not be flattered by these women’s advances. A friend of mine said about the movie, “Dr. Zhivago”, “why did they bother to make a movie about such a weak man.


October 1st, 2013
9:03 am

Not a good sign for philanders….


October 1st, 2013
9:07 am

And now the rest of the story! Thewre are always two!


October 1st, 2013
9:08 am

Jazzpman, evil can come in many forms especially in the church where the devil roams because, he already has you.


October 1st, 2013
10:05 am

This woman will have to live with the guilt of this crime. I get the feeling that she was lying. I pray that she wasn’t but still the pastor did not deserve this. You can’t take the law into your own hands.

Clint Eastwood

October 1st, 2013
10:09 am

I would have emptied the chamber in the preacher’s cod sack! He could have gotten away with that…


October 1st, 2013
10:46 am

@ Palana…he didn’t shoot her because she had the advantage of being able to explain things away, but the preacher didn’t…it’s like when kids run home and tell their parents half-stories about teachers…some parents are wise enough to find out all the facts, but some become emotionally unhinged and immediately want to attack the teacher for harming their little “angels”…this man’s wife might have been telling the truth…or she may have spun it to save her self and sacrifice the preacher…but if there were text messages it tells me that wifey is probably not completely innocent…time and a criminal court will soon tell…

Masters and Johnson

October 1st, 2013
10:52 am

What’s really going on here.

Mental health is just as serious as physical health.


Why would he shoot his wife if she was “raped?”

@ Justineisue

People want what they can’t have.

@Telliac Naxor

What prayer should we say….some folks are non-believers so if they don’t use prayer what should they use?

@ Sounds Fishy

If it was rape or “just kickin it – what would justify a murder – it does not matter either way

@ Robert

We are our own worst ememies –

Finally @ JazzPman

Men of God are HUMAN

Anthony Weiner

October 1st, 2013
10:55 am

Are there photos?


October 1st, 2013
10:55 am

Never monkey with another monkey’s monkey!

Me, Myself, and I

October 1st, 2013
10:58 am

I agree with most of the comments on here (for the first time ever on this site). Anyway, now he will be spending the rest of his life in prison–big dummy!! I’m sure his wife will not “stand by her man” and move on to find someone else.

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October 1st, 2013
11:39 am

My sister posted the story when it 1st happened on FB with a message that the shooter was going to hell wearing gasoline draws. I quickly responded with “U don’t know what that man did to someone. Just cause he a preacher that means nothing to me anymore.” I know didn’t want to read this cause my sis will give her last dollar to a man carrying a bible

Maurice Baker

October 1st, 2013
12:09 pm

Husband should have waited out the facts. He was to occupied thinking his wife wouldn’t be out there and was the judge, juror and executioner of the preacher. I wouldn’t have put nothing past the preacher or the wife. I wouldn’t risk going to jail on a humbug!


October 1st, 2013
12:24 pm

Interesting how most of you assume the preacher and the wife were having an affair. Without seeing the text messages between them, there is no way to know what their relationship was — or was not.

Have you considered the possibility that the preacher actually raped her???

Kuntay Crawfish

October 1st, 2013
1:41 pm

NEWS FLASH: All religion is fraud !!! God is real, but religion is fraud designed to limit our ways of thinking….think of the old christian sitting in a corner praying and waiting for a miracle that never happens. Thats what religion does…it limits your range of creative motion, and prevents initiative. Praise GOD…but Kill RELIGION !!


October 1st, 2013
2:32 pm

i like it, he died before he even had a chance 2 repent. What better revenge than sending the pastor straight 2 hell!?


October 1st, 2013
2:49 pm

Go with the “Crime of Passion” excuse


October 1st, 2013
4:16 pm

Well now, it would appear that this is just another instance of a preacha’ man being a little too literal with the layin’ on of the hands. On the other hand, there’s a lot more to this story…a…lot…more. The “suspect’s” wife ain’t exackly innocent eitha, ya know? Wuz she really raped by the preacha, or wuz that just the story she told the husband to get him all lathered up in defense of her virtue?!!! Oh the possibilities of yet another tawdry tale of clay feet trudging along into the dust. Stay tuned!

Sorry it Happened

October 1st, 2013
5:41 pm

The Pastor knew he was guilty! When the Usher indicated a man had a gun in the lobby, the Pastor(The Troop Commander) upon seeing Mr. Jackson enter the Sanctuary took off running. He knew why Jackson was there———If he was not guilty he would have tried to calm the pride above himself. A damn coward that would have been Court Martial in the Military. USMC


October 1st, 2013
7:38 pm

This man will probably spend the rest of his life behind bars over something that his “wife” probably initiated or instigated, only to attempt to now suggest it was malfeasance. When it probably was misfeasance.

Rodney E. Mount

October 2nd, 2013
1:05 am

I hope he pleads insanity? this is not the first time or the last time that these Preacher’ or Minister’s plays on vulnerable women in the church..


October 2nd, 2013
7:38 am

Whatever happened to getting the facts before you do something like that. Prayer is really needed for the families and church members that are involved. Let’s pray please!