Chattanooga police arrest two in pastor's slaying

Chattanooga police arrest two in pastor's slaying

October 11th, 2010 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

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Antonio Xavier Henry arrest profile

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.