published Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Second defendant in 2010 pastor slaying pleads guilty

The second defendant in the 2010 brutal beating death of a local pastor pleaded guilty to facilitation of second-degree murder this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Brendan Barnes, 19, admitted he and his cousin Antonio Henry, 28, killed Pastor David Strong in October 2010 in the man’s home.

Barnes will serve 12 years.

Henry pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on April 9. He will serve 20 years.

Police found the pastor’s body shortly after arresting Henry with the man’s PT Cruiser and debit cards on Oct. 10. A medical examiner’s report showed he’d been beaten to death.

Henry told the Times Free Press in a jail house interview after his arrest that he and Barnes had beaten Strong after the three had smoked marijuana and the pastor propositioned him for sex.

For more see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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