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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.”

Wife of PULSE Massacre Terrorist Omar Manteen Found NOT GUILTY

Wife of Pulse Nightclub Killer Omar Mateen Knew of Attack, Drove Him To The Nightclub To “Scope It Out”

Wife of Pulse Nightlub Killer Omar Mateen Knew of Attack Drove Him To The Nightclub To Scope It Out

 

Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, has told the FBI that she was with him when he bought ammunition and a holster, several officials familiar with the case said. She told the FBI that she once drove him to the gay nightclub, Pulse, because he wanted to scope it out.

Mateen opened fire at Pulse early Sunday, leaving 49 dead and 53 injured. Twenty-seven victims remained hospitalized Tuesday. Six were in critical condition, according to hospital officials who said the death toll was still at risk of rising because one or two of those patients were “profoundly ill.”

Authorities are considering filing criminal charges against Noor for failing to tell them what she knew before the brutal attack, law enforcement officials say, but no decision has been made.

Public records show Salman was a student at the now-defunct Heald College-Concord. Facebook accounts for her relatives show they are Palestinian. But they don’t appear to have been strictly religious. Salman and her sisters did not wear the hijab, according to posts, in contrast to ISIS’s requirements for women. Mateen’s ex-wife has stated that Mateen was not very religious when they were married.

Salman allegedly tried to dissuade him from attacking the club, NBC News reports, citing officials. She has not yet been charged in relation to the attack, but NBC News and ABC News report authorities are considering charges.

PULSE Was Not The First Attack On The Gay Community, Lets Pray It Will Be The Last

PLUSE Was Not The First Attack On The Gay Community, But Lets Pray It Will Be The Last

 

Dec. 31, 2013: About 750 people were celebrating New Year’s Eve at a popular gay nightclub in Seattle when Musab Mohammed Masmari poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze. No one was injured. Masmari was arrested a month later as he prepared to leave the country. He apologized in a statement to the court and said he didn’t remember his actions because he blacked out after drinking a bottle of cheap whiskey. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for arson.

March 1, 2009: Three men threw rocks into a gay bar in Galveston, Texas, injuring two male patrons. Brothers Lawrence Lewis III, 20 and Lawrneil Lewis, 18, along with their cousin Sam Gray, 17, were charged with a hate crime for throwing the rocks, which were apparently being used as doorstops, into Robert’s Lafitte bar.

Sept 22, 2000: Ronald Gay walked into the Backstreet Cafe, a gay bar in Roanoke, Virginia, and opened fire, killing one man and wounding six other patrons, two of them seriously. Gay, a 55-year-old drifter who told police he was upset over the slang connotation of his last name, pleaded guilty to the murder of 43-year-old Danny Overstreet and was sentenced to four life terms.

Oct. 7, 1998: Gay college student Matthew Shepard was beaten into a coma while tied to a fence outside the small college town of Laramie, Wyoming. McKinney and Henderson met Shepard in a the Fireside Lodge a local Laramie, WY straight bar. He never regained consciousness and died five days after the attack. His attackers, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, claimed their motive was robbery to get money for drugs and not a hate crime. The crime spurred debate on the effectiveness of hate crime laws. McKinney and Henderson are serving life sentences for murder.

Feb. 21, 1997: A nail-laden device exploded in a back room of the Otherside Lounge, a nightclub in Atlanta with a mostly gay and lesbian clientele. The lounge was crowded with about 150 people when the device went off on a rear patio. Five people were wounded. Eric Rudolph was later convicted for the bombing as well as bombings at Centennial Olympic Park and abortion clinics in suburban Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. The 1996 Olympics bombing killed one person and wounded 111, and the Birmingham bombing killed a police officer and maimed a nurse. Rudolph is serving four life sentences in federal prison.

April 28, 1990: A homemade pipe bomb explodes in a popular gay bar Uncle Charlie’s Downtown located at 56 Greenwich Avenue, NYC. There were no fatalities and just minor injuries. In 1995 it was discovered that that an extremist radical Muslim terrorist ring was actually responsible for the pipe bomb

Nov 19, 1980: Former New York City transit cop Ronald Crumpley goes on a shooting rampage in front of the popular leather bar The Ramrod (394 West St., between 10th and Christopher Sts.) in Greenich Village using a sub machine gun killing two and wounding six. He is later found ”not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect”

June 24, 1973: The Upstairs Lounge fire in New Orleans’ French Quarter killed 32 people. Most of those killed were trapped by burglar bars on three front windows. the fire started with lighter fluid being sprayed and then lit on the wooden stairway to the crowded second-floor lounge trapping all within. The arsonist was never caught and to this day the exact reason the fire was lit has never been found out.

ISIS Boldly Takes Credit For Orlando LGBT Nightclub Mass Shooting

ISIS Boldly Takes Credit For Orlando LGBT Mass Shooting Massacre

The Hill reports:

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility Sunday for a deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 dead and 53 injured. “The attack that targeted a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando, Florida and that left more than 100 dead and wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” ISIS said in a statement. The organization offered no proof for the attacks.

Speaking to reporters on the scene shortly before 3 p.m., Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) said ISIS had accepted responsibility for the shooting. But he said it had not been confirmed by the FBI. “In this case, if we’re getting those kind of statements from the news agency of the Islamic State, we’ll have to see what those connections are.”

Federal law enforcement officials say the gunman was Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American citizen living in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was killed at the scene in a shootout with police. He was reportedly armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a handgun. News networks reported Mateen phoned 911 moments before the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS.