published Monday, October 11th, 2010

Chattanooga police arrest two in pastor’s slaying

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Two people have been charged in the killing of a local pastor, Chattanooga police said this morning.

Antonio Henry, 25, and a 16-year-old male were charged late last night with felony murder and especially aggravated homicide for the killing of Pastor David Strong, according to a police department news release.

Police said Henry told them he struck Strong with a stick and saw the 16-year-old stab Strong several times. Henry also told police he bound Strong's wrists, but the 16-year-old told police he was the one who struck Strong with the stick and Henry did the stabbing.

Police said they believe Strong was killed either Monday or Tuesday of last week.

The two conspired to rob Strong of money and valuables but ended up viciously beating, stabbing and strangling the pastor, according to a news release.

Henry is being held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $350,000 bond on one count of felony murder and one count of especially aggravated robbery. He is set to appear in Hamilton County General Sessions Court Oct. 18.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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ibshame said...

So, the police catch them at 3:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, here's my question: Why was the 16 yr old even out at that time of the morning? Why would a 16 yr old be running around with someone who is 25 yrs old if it wasn't for the fact they were up to no good? Did the parents of the 16 yr old ever question his choice of friends? Or did they even know? I have no sympathy for either one of these young men, although I am sure if Pastor Strong were alive he would be the first to say he forgave them. I can only hope the Justice system will not fail this time by putting either one back on the street to do more harm.

October 11, 2010 at 11:08 a.m.
twilliams said...

These two individuals have caused a great deal of hurt and pain not just in Chattanooga but to Memphis, Clarksville, and Louisville, KY. I know Rev. Strong has already forgiven them but they deserve the death penalty. These two animals do not deserve to live. To the proud parents of these two low-lifes I hope you are proud of what you raised.

October 11, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.
Tax_Payer said...

Parents of these two should be arrested for fabricating or manufacturing instruments of crime.

October 11, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
hambone said...

Now the circus starts, court appointed lawyers blaming society for this scum turning out like this. 3 or 4 years of trials. They may get a death sentence and lay around on death row for 20+ years. Then get put to sleep with a painless injection. A swift trial and death sentence involving a moderate amount of pain will make others think twice before doing as these two have.

October 11, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.
EaTn said...

If proven guilty, I think society has to assume responsibility for letting scumbags slip through the cracks and run free in our society. I doubt they had been attending church services with the pastor.

October 11, 2010 at 1:17 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Lord forgive them for they know not what they do !

October 11, 2010 at 1:58 p.m.
twilliams said...

I know he has forgiven them because I knew him and that's the man of god he was. David would give you his last there was nothing that he wouldn't do for anyone. He was a loving person so that's how I know. OH But YES!!!! These two lower than llife no good, should have been aborted at conception pieces of crap need to die!!!!

October 11, 2010 at 3:54 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

@Wildman - If you have to ask that question, you would not understand the answer.

May the pastor's family be in our prayers.

October 11, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.
ceeweed said...

They be cousins, They don't have parents. They come from breeders who are not connected to or invested in their lives. Until breeders start behaving like parents or quit spawning so many unwanted children, nothing will change, it will only get worse. Children cannot raise themselves nor does it take a village. It takes parents willing to teach their children, discipline their children, make sacrifices for them, and most of all love them.

October 11, 2010 at 10:06 p.m.
raspus said...

I don't know these young men who did this brutal crime to my good friend pastor Strong. But I will say, don't blame their parents. These young men could have been reared by loving caring people, but peer pressure could have sent them in the wrong direction in life. But in time like these we must stay in prayer for all involve especally Rev. Strong's mother.

October 12, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.
Tiffo said...

wildman -- A "man of God" is someone that has been born again, or accepted Christ as their Savior by asking Him to save them. The beauty of that is that we can all be men, or women, of God by simply asking Him to come into our hearts save us :0)

October 12, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
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