Mistrial Declared In Case of Minister Who Tried To Beat The Gay Out Of Parishioner

Mistrial Declared In Case of Minister Who Tried To Beat The Gay Out Of Parishioner


A North Carolina superior court judge on Tuesday declared mistrial in case of North Carolina minister charged in beating of gay church member.

Citing misbehavior by a juror, an angry Gary Gavenus ordered juror Perry Shade be arrested in the courtroom.

The judge said Shade conducted his own independent research on the case, then handed it out to other jurors.

Gavenus then ordered Shade to 30 days in jail and pay a $500 fine.

Gavenus also issued a gag order in the case, which extends to jurors, law enforcement and witnesses.

The case involves “Pastor” Brooke Covington, of the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina who is charged with the kidnapping and assaulting former member, the then 19 year old Matthew Fenner in January 2013.

Fenner, was slapped, punched, choked and screamed at for two hours as they tried to expel his “homosexual demons.”

Linda Reider, Fenner’s aunt, said her nephew is hurt and disappointed.

“He’s disgusted at the jury. It took a lot of courage for him to come forward in the first place. There were so many roadblocks put in place. Now this. But his family and friends will stick behind him. We won’t give up.”

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