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Shahan murder trial pushed back

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — The trial of former Birmingham pastor Richard Shahan has been delayed to January 9, 2017, a setback of nine months from the original April 18 trial date. Judge Laura Petro changed the trial date March 11, but … Continue reading

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Floyd decries murder of nuns, 12 others in Yemen

ADEN, Yemen (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is among Christian leaders decrying the murder of four nuns and 12 others at a retirement home established by the late Mother Teresa in war-torn Yemen. “It was with great … Continue reading

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Judge rules on series of motions during former minister Shahan’s pretrial hearing

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) – During a pretrial hearing Aug. 19 in Birmingham, Judge Laura Petro ruled on several motions that have been filed in recent weeks in relation to Richard Shahan. Shahan, former children and families pastor at First Baptist Church, … Continue reading

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S.C. massacre ‘an assault on all of us,’ SBC leaders say

CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) — Christians are uniting in prayer and benevolence across racial distinctions in Charleston, South Carolina, after a 21-year-old man massacred nine Christians in a June 17 prayer service at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, said … Continue reading

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Former Alabama Baptist student minister killed in triple homicide

BIRMINGHAM (TAB, BNG) — A former student minister in Alabama, Pastor James “Tripp” Battle III, who was serving at Bayshore Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla., was fatally shot Dec. 4 at the church in a triple homicide. Battle previously served for two years … Continue reading

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Court date set for Union University student accused of murder

JACKSON, Tenn. (TAB, ABP) — Accused of murdering his fiancée and staging her death to look like a suicide, Charles “Charlie” Pittman will potentially return to court July 10 for a preliminary hearing. The Alabama Baptist most recently reported that Pittman, … Continue reading

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Union University student charged with murder receives mental evaluation

JACKSON, Tenn. (ABP) — A Union University student charged with murdering his fiancée and staging it to look like a suicide is undergoing mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Charles Pittman, 21, a Christian ministry major and … Continue reading

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Former minister Shahan waives preliminary hearing

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Richard Shahan appeared in court before Jefferson County Judge Shellie Watkins on Feb. 5. He and his attorneys waived the preliminary hearing, which would have determined if there was enough evidence to support the claim that Shahan … Continue reading

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FBC Birmingham works to ‘bear one another’s burdens’

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — First Baptist Church, Birmingham, held a concert Jan. 26 as a step toward normalcy after a tragedy happened more than six months ago with the killing of Karen Shahan, wife of former children and families pastor Richard … Continue reading

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Former Homewood minister Shahan released on bond

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — According to myfoxal.com, Richard Shahan was released on bond the evening of Jan. 17. He was released on a $100,000 bond and required to be under house arrest at his mother’s home in Homewood, as the judge … Continue reading

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