Oct. 19 trial set for Mobile man in wife's death

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set an Oct. 19 trial date for part-time evangelist Anthony Hopkins, charged with murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at the couple's home.

Judge John Lockett set the trial date Monday during Hopkins' arraignment.

Prosecutors claim the 37-year-old Hopkins killed his 36-year-old wife, Arletha, then stuffed her body in a deep freezer four years ago.

The freezer was kept in the house where Hopkins was raising his eight children.

Hopkins, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested last year in Jackson in Clarke County after preaching at a revival.

Hopkins also faces rape, sodomy, and incest charges involving a family member.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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