Jury selection has been delayed in the North Carolina trial of a former Pentecostal bishop accused of killing a woman in his congregation. Prosecutors say Robert Reaves was rebuffed after making sexual advances toward his male roommate and viciously stabbed the man's girlfriend in retaliation, reports ABC 11 in Durham.
North Carolina Central University student Latrese Curtis' body was found January 30, 2008 in the grass near the Highway 401 exit on Interstate 540. The 21-year-old's body was spotted by a passing driver about an hour before Curtis' husband, Darin Curtis, reported her missing. An autopsy report ... revealed Curtis was beaten and stabbed more than 20 times. Prosecutors revealed Curtis was romantically involved with Reaves' roommate [and] said Reaves was jealous, because he wanted to have a homosexual relationship with the roommate... In addition, Reaves' own pastor and video disputed his alibi that he was at a church service the night the murder was committed.
The News Observer reports investigators have additional evidence "that Reaves made unsuccessful advances toward other male friends and took revenge on their girlfriends." ABC 11 reports Reaves had a prior criminal record "that included an arrest on sex charges while he was the pastor of a church in South Carolina."
Robert Lee Adams Reaves was a bishop with the fundamentalist Goldsboro-based Living In Favor Global Network Churches. The church is affiliated with the rabidly anti-gay Pentecostal Church.
Glass houses, stones, etc.
I-540 Murder Trial Delayed [ABC 11]