There are new developments in the case of the Rev. David Strong, the prominent Chattanooga African Methodist Episcopal pastor who was brutally tortured and killed on October 4. Police have arrested Antonio Henry, a 25-year-old man with a history of mental problems, as well as his 16-year-old cousin Brendan Barnes. Detectives believe Strong was tortured because he refused to reveal the PIN for his debit card during a robbery. Henry initially told detectives that he "snapped" after Strong repeatedly pressed him to masturbate for $100.
At a bond hearing last week, Henry changed his story and now admits that he specifically went over to Rev. Strong's house to perform the sex act and "get money," reports CBS 12. "Henry told police he went to Strong's home in Glenwood to get money. He says the pastor would pay him to perform a sex act. Instead, after the assault, the two took his ATM card."
"Burgess says she doesn't know exactly what happened on Oct. 4, the day police say men confessed to killing Strong. Lead Detective Michael Wenger testified that Henry admitted to taking Strong's debit card and asking for his pin number. But Henry's mother says she doesn't believe her son told police he went to Strong's house to get money for sex acts. 'Antonio Henry is not gay.' she says. 'I noticed when [the detective] said that, my son shook his head, 'no.''
"But, when it comes down to it, Burgess and the detective agree the reason the men were at his home isn't important. 'A man lost his life,' Wenger says. 'It doesn't matter what his sexual preference is and they have not made any allegation of rape or anything like that.'"
Henry and his 16-year-old cousin Brendan Barnes face charges of criminal impersonation, felony murder and aggravated assault charges for stabbing the prominent pastor up to 29 times, taking ATM card and stealing his car. Both are being held without bond.
Interesting that the mother has no comment on her son being accused of a brutal murder, but wants everyone to know that he is "not gay." Apparently to some people, it's better to be accused of murder than being gay ... or gay for pay.