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.