This afternoon, the prosecution has rested in the North Carolina trial of a formerly closeted anti-gay Pentecostal minister accused of killing a woman in his congregation. Prosecutors say Robert Reaves was rebuffed after making sexual advances toward a former college basketball star who rented a room from him ... so he stalked and killed the man's girlfriend in revenge.
Prosecutors spent five days laying out their case that Reaves killed Latrese Curtis in a jealous rage because he viewed her as an obstacle to his sexual advances toward his roommate, Steven Randolph. Randolph testified that Reaves approached him about being a male escort and offered him free rent in exchange for sexual favors. Randolph said he refused the offers and got a gun to show that he was serious. Jurors also heard testimony from two other men about Reaves' alleged pattern of sexual advances toward young men and his anger when they rejected him. Also on Monday, an investigator testified that Reaves told him he never left his home the night of Jan. 29.
WRAL reports this testimony of a Brinks Security expert: "The security company also provided tapes of Reaves’ request to upgrade his security system. On the call, Reaves told a Brinks representative that he wanted to know when his roommate was coming and going."
Reaves, who has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys, is facing one count of first degree murder. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against the former minister of the fundamentalist Cedar International Fellowship in Durham.
Reaves' defense attorneys say their client does not plan to testify. That's probably for the best ... although we're still interested in hearing why Randolph bought a gun as opposed to moving.