Last Modified: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:07 AM
A second trip before a grand jury resulted in a higher charge for a man accused of shooting a pastor during a revival service.
Woodrow Karey was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder Thursday, upped from the manslaughter charge another grand jury indicted him on in November.
Karey, 54, shot and killed pastor Ronald J. Harris Sr., 53, on Sept. 27 in Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center. He called 911 and turned himself in, telling police that Harris had raped his wife. He was charged with second-degree murder.
Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Holly Carter said the case was taken back to a grand jury because new evidence was provided by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, but did not say what the new evidence was. Grand jury proceedings are secret.
The first grand jury had the opportunity to indict Karey on a charge of second-degree murder, but opted for manslaughter.
As Karey entered the church during the service, he reportedly shot Harris, then shot him again at close range once the man was on the ground.
Karey’s wife reportedly filed a rape complaint against Harris two days before the shooting. Sheriff Tony Mancuso said text messages revealed there may have been a relationship. Authorities have not said, though, whether it is believed the relationship was consensual.
Karey is being held on $500,000 bond.
Posted By: Aspen Hebert On: 6/29/2014
Title: Laying Blame
I have my doubts as to whether or not the rape actually occurred, after reading the text messages. He didn't sound like someone gloating or threatening after raping a woman - he sounded like a man who was sick of his mistress. I don't doubt Mr. Karey believes what his wife said, and of course he wanted to protect the woman he loved. I'm not saying what he did was right - a man lost his life. Another will now most likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Is it over an atrocious crime committed by the pastor, or is it because a woman made up a story to hide her affair?
Posted By: Gerald Cuvillier On: 6/28/2014
I would like to be on that jury. I would exonerate him and buy him another box of shells.