Free rent in exchange for oral sex and possible clients as a male escort. That was the offer made by closeted anti-gay Bishop Robert Reaves to his roommate Steven Randolph. The former North Carolina Central University basketball player testifies he rejected Reaves' advances and prosecutors says Reaves stalked and brutally killed the man's girlfriend in revenge.
Hours after Randolph had his first sexual encounter with Latrese Curtis, Reaves asked him about his sexual habits and preferences and raised the possibility of his working for an escort service, according to testimony. "He asked me if I was a freak, as far as sexually," Randolph testified Thursday.
Randolph testified that in the fall of 2007 he did not immediately recognize the pastor's proposals as sexual advances toward him. But Randolph said once he realized Reaves' intentions, he told the pastor he was not homosexual or bisexual. Randolph told of an unusual string of events in the ensuing months: His girlfriend received phone calls from unidentified young men, threatening to end Randolph's aspirations of becoming a professional basketball player; his tires were slashed; and weeks later his girlfriend's tires were slashed outside her home. Prosecutors contend that Reaves slashed the tires, again in a jealous rage.
Investigators have additional evidence that Reaves, the former minister at the fundamentalist Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, made "unsuccessful advances toward other male friends and [also] took revenge on their girlfriends." Reaves has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys.
Reaves is charged with first-degree murder. Other testimony reveals investigators found the murder weapon in Reaves' car and his DNA was found on the victim's steering wheel. The News & Observer adds: "Although defense lawyers did not lay out their case in opening statements, in their questioning they seem to be trying to piece together an argument that law officers got the wrong suspect."
You keep telling yourself that, "bishop".
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