Missouri pastor charged with murdering parishioner - KMOV.com

Missouri pastor charged with murdering parishioner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Missouri pastor being held in South Carolina has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of one of his former parishioners.  

A Jackson County grand jury indicted 50-year-old David K. Love last Friday on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal in the death of Randy Stone, according to the Jackson County prosecutor's office.  

The office, which announced the indictment Wednesday, said no details would be released about what led to the charges because Love was indicted by a grand jury.  

Love was being held in Spartanburg, S.C., after his arrest Tuesday in Boiling Springs, S.C.  

Love fought extradition back to Missouri during a hearing in South Carolina on Wednesday. But the Jackson County Prosecutor's office said additional paperwork had been started to have Love returned to Missouri, and that Love would likely be back in Kansas City in about 20 days.  

Jackson County Jim Kanatzar said he didn't know if Love had a lawyer. Online court records listing the charges against Love didn't indicate he had an attorney.  

"One way or another, he will face charges here in Jackson County," Kanatzar said.  

Kanatzar said he could not discuss the case at length. But he said he had been in touch with Stone's family.  

"We're obviously going to try to get it prosecuted as quickly as possible," Kanatzar said.  

Stone, 42, was found shot to death in his Independence, Mo., insurance office March 31.  

Stone had been a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, where Love was pastor for several years. Love apparently resigned from that church in April and moved to South Carolina.  

Scott Funderburk, terminal manager for Tidewater Transit Co. in Cowpens, S.C., said Love had been working for the company as a driver recently but could not comment on whether he had been arrested there or on other aspects of his employment.  

New Hope Baptist Church, a fundamental Baptist church, said in a statement on its website that church officials had recently learned about Love's arrest "in connection to a murder warrant."  

The statement said the church has "fully cooperated with law enforcement during its investigation."  

The church also said it has not replaced Love, and is still seeking a new pastor.  

"Anytime someone in leadership is accused of wrong, it can shake the faith of others," the church said.

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