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West Tennessee Pastor Arrested in California

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

LOMA LINDA, Calif. - A West Tennessee pastor is jailed in California charged with defying a court order.

According to the U.S. Marshal Service, Walter "Chick" McGill, 66, was arrested at the Loma Linda Seventh Day Adventist Church, Friday.

The arrest comes amid a court battle over the name of McGill's Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church in Guys, Tennessee.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church took the Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church and accused the West Tennessee church of infringing on their trademark. A federal court judge ordered the Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church to remove the "Seventh Day Adventist" from it's name, but McGill refused.

In April, Pastor McGill told 7 Eyewitness News, "We would really like to comply to the court orders. We respect the courts, we respect the law. But in this case the law is violating our consciences and we must put our consciences before the law."

He also said he planned to fast if he was imprisoned.
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