Jury selection began yesterday and opening arguments are expected today in the North Carolina trial of a formerly closeted anti-gay 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 revenge.
Reaves sought to block jurors from hearing testimony about his sexuality, Raleigh's WTVD reports: "On Monday, Reaves attorney asked a judge to keep jurors from hearing that Reaves was gay. The judge said while he normally wouldn't allow jurors to hear about a defendant's sexual orientation, in this case it was relevant to the prosecution's theory."
Investigators have additional evidence that Reaves made "unsuccessful advances toward other male friends and took revenge on their girlfriends." Reaves has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys. He was convicted of the South Carolina charge in 1988.
Twenty years later and still a predator. How many lives did this man ruin? And how many people in his "church" looked the other way?
Closeted Anti Gay Bishop on Trial for Revenge Murder [R20]