Eight people from an insular New York Church, including the parish’s pastor, were indicted for murder in connection to their role in the death of a young man who was beaten to death. The victim’s brother was also seriously injured.
Court documents indicate that the 13-count indictment counted the pastor’s family as well as the victims’ own father, father, half-sister and two other church members when a “spiritual counseling” escalated into what amounted to an all-night gang attack on Lucas and Christopher Leonard inside the Word of Life Christian Church.
Charges include second-degree murder for the pastor and manslaughter, kidnapping, assault and gang assault on 19-year-old Lucas Leonard, who died in the attack and the severe injury of his brother, Lucas Leonard, 17, who survived the incident.
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