Karey indicted on murder charge in pastor shooting

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

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.