Calcasieu

Oct 25, 2013 10:58 AM by AP

Judge declines Karey bid for reduced bond

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A judge has refused to lower the bond of a man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor in front of his congregation.

The American Press reports Woodrow Karey, 53, remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $1 million bond. He is accused of shooting Ronald C. Harris, pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, twice with a shotgun during a revival service at the church on the night of Sept. 27. He is charged with second-degree murder.

Karey's wife filed a rape complaint against Harris two days before the shooting.

Authorities say there was a relationship between Karey's wife and Harris, but did not say whether it was consensual.

Karey's wife, Janet, took the stand Thursday, testifying about the couple's finances, whether they could meet the bond and about her husband's character.

Defense attorneys Todd Clemons and Adam Johnson argued the bond was excessive as a means to ensure Karey shows up in court.

The bond was originally set by Judge David Ritchie, but Judge Clayton Davis upheld the amount Thursday.

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