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Former pastor on trial in shooting of North Carolina couple

February 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina minister is being tried on charges that he wounded an ex-girlfriend and killed her new boyfriend with close-range gunshots.

Tim Crumitie faces charges that he ambushed the couple before dawn at their Charlotte apartment, according to The Charlotte Observer. He’s charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and kidnapping.

Prosecutors say the former pastor of a Kannapolis church waited at the couple’s apartment in August 2016 before mortally wounding Michael Gretsinger with two shots to the head. Then, authorities say, he kidnapped his former girlfriend, Kimberly Cherry, eventually shooting her too, but she survived.

On Monday, prosecutors played jurors a recording of Cherry speaking to a 911 operator after she eventually got free. She said the person who shot her was named “Tim.”

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