Suspect in pastor shooting pleads not guilty to manslaughter
Oct. 16, 2017
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A man accused of shooting a pastor who was preaching in his southwest Louisiana church is pleading not guilty to manslaughter.
KPLC-TV reports that Woodrow Karey entered the plea Monday.
Karey had been charged with second-degree murder in the September 2013 shooting of Lake Charles pastor Ronald Harris during a revival service. But the Louisiana Supreme Court threw out that charge, leaving only the manslaughter charge standing.
After the more serious charge was voided, Karey posted $50,000 bail in August and was released after four years in jail.
Karey said at the time of the shooting that had Harris raped his wife.
Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 40 years, and prosecutors say they will seek a firearm enhancement requiring a minimum sentence of 20 years.
Information from: KPLC-TV, http://kplctv.com