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Reverend Kenneth Glasgow’s murder charge dropped

That action comes almost three years after Dothan police charged Glasgow and another man in the shooting of a 23-year old woman.
Pastor Kenneth Glasgow (R) confers with his attorney, Derek Yarbrough, in this 2018 photo.
Pastor Kenneth Glasgow (R) confers with his attorney, Derek Yarbrough, in this 2018 photo.(WTVY)
Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 10:21 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A Houston County Grand Jury has dropped a capital murder charge against a Dothan pastor, ruling there is insufficient evidence to take Reverend Kenneth Glasgow to trial.

That action comes almost three years after Dothan police charged Glasgow and another man in the shooting of a 23-year old woman.

Breunia Jennings, per preliminary hearing testimony, had stolen a car belonging to Jamie Townes, who fired the deadly shot. Glasgow then drove Townes around Dothan looking for his vehicle and that led to the confrontation with Jennings. Glasgow was charged under Alabama complicity laws.

“Everybody knows I should not have been charged,” Glasgow told WTVY Friday. He believes Dothan police arrest him because he often criticized police for what he calls their unfair treatment of African-American citizens.

He hints he may file a lawsuit in relation to his arrest. “I’ll discuss with my attorney where we go from here,” he said.

He is nationally known for his felon voting rights efforts and founded The Ordinary People’s Society, an advocacy group and is the half brother of civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

In unrelated cases after his murder arrest, Glasgow has been charged with drug possession, assault on a police officer, and tampering with physical evidence. He awaits trial on those charges.

Co-defendant Townes awaits trial.

Here is a statement Glasgow issued Friday afternoon:

After three years since this unfortunate incident occurred, I am thankful that the charges against me were lifted. It isn’t easy to express how I feel at this moment, knowing the charges imposed upon me should not have ever happened. The weight of this charge has caused deep turmoil and increased anxiety levels to my family, friends, colleagues, and supporters. Not only has it caused hurt and trauma, but it has also influenced negative perspectives on our national organization, The Ordinary People Society - TOPS, and the people we serve. What stands out to me most is that for the first time in 20 years of serving the City of Dothan and surrounding areas as a Pastor and advocating for peace, there was a life lost, and I was unable to console the family during these past years as a result of this criminal charge. I am grateful to the 18 jurors who saw the truth and not the picture that was painted against me and my character. I appreciate the letters of support received during this time of grief and now relief.

This story updated with Mr. Glasgow’s statement

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