- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has granted a stay in the second-degree murder trial of a 56-year-old man accused of shooting a Lake Charles pastor.

Woodrow Karey Jr. was scheduled to go on trial Monday. He is accused of walking into Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center during a revival service on Sept. 27, 2013, and shooting 51-year-old Rev. Ronald Harris Sr. twice.

Karey immediately surrendered to authorities and claimed Harris had raped his wife.

Valerie Willard, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, tells The American Press (https://bit.ly/2caf9tq ) the stay was granted Aug. 31.

Defense attorney Todd Clemons of Lake Charles says the trial remains on hold until the high court rules on whether Karey should be charged with murder or the lesser crime of manslaughter.

Karey remains in custody.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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