Rape Complaint Was Filed Against Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. Before He Was Shot, Killed

The wife of the man who shot and killed a pastor during a service in Lake Charles, La., reportedly filed a rape complaint against the pastor just days before his murder.

Woodrow Karey Jr. reportedly entered the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center and shot and killed Pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr. while he was preaching during an evening service on Friday.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that Karey’s wife filed a rape complaint against Harris on Wednesday, two days before he was gunned down, according to KPLC.

"Mr. Karey stated that he had received some inappropriate text messages from his wife to the pastor," Mancuso said.

Mancuso said their investigation has revealed allegations of a sexual relationship between Harris and Karey’s wife, but he couldn't say whether the relationship was consensual. He also said authorities will subpoena warrants to check phone records between Karey's wife and Harris.

Reuters reports that 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, said Kim Myers, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Karey called authorities minutes later to arrange his surrender, she said.

Myers also noted that Karey has no known criminal record and he remains in jail on a $1 million bond.

Sources: KPLC, Reuters


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