Faith at Altitude

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Not so Pastoral

And you thought the Ted Haggard story was movie-of-the-week stuff. A California pastor is now accused of murdering one of his congregants to get his hands on a fortune.

The pastor is the Rev. Howard Douglas Porter, who leads Hickman Community Church near Fresno. The victim was 85-year-old farmer Frank Craig, bearer of a $4 million trust fund. According to the Associated Press, Porter befriended the elderly farmer and was eventually named as his sole beneficiary.

Craig was killed while riding in Porter's truck, which mysteriously plunged into an irrigation canal in 2004. Porter escaped unhurt. Craig's family brought their concerns to the police, and Porter is expected to formally face charges of embezzlement, murder and attempted murder today.


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