Separate Trials in Pastor's Death
Two cousins charged in the beating and stabbing death of a Chattanooga pastor will be tried separately, with the first trial scheduled to start in November.
During a hearing Monday in Chattanooga, prosecutors agreed with defense attorneys for 27-year-old Antonio Henry and 18-year-old Brendan Barnes to split the case into two trials.
Both defendants admitted to police they struck pastor David Strong at his home in October 2010, but they are blaming each other for the fatal stab wounds.
Henry's attorney, Dan Ripper, said severing the trials will prevent prosecutors from using the co-defendants' statements against each other.
The 55-year-old Strong was pastor at St. Paul AME Church when police found his battered and slashed body, with his hands and feet bound.