CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two cousins charged in the torture
slaying of a Chattanooga, Tenn., pastor are blaming each other and
want separate trials, but the prosecutor told a judge Monday that one trial is enough.
District Attorney Bill Cox said 26-year-old Antonio Henry and his teenage cousin, Brendan Barnes, "did the crime together" and should be tried together. Both are charged with first-degree murder
and aggravated robbery in the October 2010 slaying of the Rev.
The 55-year-old Strong was pastor at St. Paul AME Church in Chattanooga when police found his battered and slashed body -- his
hands and feet bound -- at his home.
The judge did not immediately rule on the request for separate trials. He set a Nov. 28 hearing and possible trial dates next spring.
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