Appeals court denies bond reduction request for man accused of shooting pastor

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal on

Friday denied a writ requesting a bond reduction for Woodrow Karey, who

is accused of shooting

a pastor during a revival service in September.

Attorneys asked the court to lower the $1 million bond to $150,000, calling it “unconstitutionally excessive.” The request

was submitted Friday, and the court ruled on it the same day.

Karey has been in the Calcasieu Correctional Center since his arrest after the shooting death of Ronald C. Harris, pastor

of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center, on Sept. 27.

When state district court Judge Clayton

Davis denied the original bond reduction request on Oct. 24, Karey had

been charged

with second-degree murder. But on Nov. 14 a grand jury declined to

indict Karey on that charge and indicted him on the lesser

charge of manslaughter.

Defense attorneys Todd Clemons and Adam Johnson plan to request a bond reduction under the manslaughter charge at a hearing

on Dec. 18.

Authorities said Karey shot Harris twice with a shotgun and then turned himself in to authorities, repeatedly saying that

Harris had raped his wife.

Karey’s wife filed a rape complaint against Harris in the days before the shooting. Authorities said text messages between

Harris and Karey’s wife “corroborated to some degree” a relationship, but officials did not say whether it was consensual.