Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ex-pastor David Love pleads guilty to killing parishioner

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David Love cuts a plea deal.
  • David Love cuts a plea deal.
Former pastor David Love has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in the death of one of his parishioners, Randy Stone, according to KMBC Channel 9. Love reportedly cut a plea deal in the death of the Independence insurance salesman. Love was sentenced to life in prison. He won't be eligible for parole for more than 25 years.

Stone's family members believed that his wife, Teresa Stone, was having an affair with Love. A grand jury indicted Teresa Stone earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, alleging that she conspired with Love to kill her husband.

In March 2010, 42-year-old Randy Stone was found shot to death inside his Farmer's Insurance office in Independence.

Teresa Stone, 39, was reportedly carrying on a longtime affair with Love, who was the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church where the Stones were members.

After Randy Stone's slaying, Love reportedly gave the eulogy at his funeral. Love would eventually resign as the church's pastor after Independence police served a search warrant at the church.

Last November, Love was arrested on a murder warrant in South Carolina, where he was working as a truck driver. Love was later indicted on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Teresa Stone could be facing anywhere from five to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

Dateline, 48 Hours and the BBC have been in contact with Independence police about the story, so expect even more attention to this sordid story.

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