Alabama Pastor Officially Charged For Wife's Murder

Authorities have begun to release the details of Richard Shahan's alleged crime.
3:00 | 01/12/14

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But first, new wrinkles in the case of the former pastor accused of murders his wife. Took six months, only arresting him after he allegedly tried to flee the country. Good morning, it is still a mystery why they waited so long. He's now charged with murder, and the authorities are revealing the gruesome details of the alleged crime. Court documents accuse rifchard shahan of murdering his wife. That he quote, did intentionally cause the death of another person by stabbing and cutting the victim with an unknown object. He maintains his innocence. RICHARD HAS MAINTAINs HIS Innocent, he was not involved in the death of his wife. He was arrested on new year's day as they say he was trying to flee the country less than six months after his wife was found dead in the home. Once he got to germany and russia, the chances of extraditing him are nil. But lawyers say he long-planned the trip to kazakhstan to work as a missionary. He was detailing the three-year mission. They have known all along he was going to travel. Why wait? He was detained for questioning and then released. But police say that inconsistent answers to their questions raised suspicions. The family and he's there, and he stands ready to answer the charges. The former pastor made a brief appearance where the judge read the charge filed against him. He's being held in the johnson county jail in alabama without bond. In terms of a motive, they discovered one, but not revealing it yet. Still more to come. A lot more to come. Thank you.

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