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ADVOCATE: Central pastor who defied stay at home order nearly hit protester with bus

Posted at 7:14 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 20:16:43-04

CENTRAL, La. — The leader of a Central church who's defied Louisiana's limits on crowd sizes due to the coronavirus outbreak was issued an arrest warrant for aggravated assault after nearly hitting a protester with a church bus, police told our media partners at the Advocate.

According to the newspaper, police issued the warrant Monday against the Rev. Tony Spell, the Pentecostal preacher at Life Tabernacle Church.

The Advocate is reporting that police say he backed a church bus used to shuttle congregants and came close to hitting the protester on Sunday.

Spell has defied Gov. John Bel Edwards' Stay At Home Order limiting gathering to fewer than 50 people, arguing that the mandate is unconstitutional and an attack on religion.

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