BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Richard Shahan, former children and families pastor for First Baptist Church, Birmingham, was arrested Jan. 1 at the Nashville International Airport when he tried to board a flight to Frankfurt, Germany. Homeland Security agents arrested Shahan stating he was attempting to flee the country to Russia, myfoxal.com reported. The Alabama Baptist reported Dec. 19, 2013, that Shahan was planning to serve three years with Bible Mission International in Germany to develop teaching and discipleship materials for former Soviet countries. Myfoxal.com reported that Shahan was charged with the murder of his wife, Karen, who was found dead in their home in July 2013. During a press conference Jan. 2, Homewood Police Chief Jim Roberson said, “It does remain an ongoing investigation. … As this moves along in the process, how she was killed will become readily apparent, and why will become readily apparent. This is a process that has to play out and needs to play out in the criminal justice system.” An extradition hearing will be held Jan. 7 in Davidson County, Tenn.
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