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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:59 pm

By JOHN FLESHER and ED WHITE 11/02/12 08:13 PM ET EDT
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In this undated photo provided by the Isabella County, Mich., Sheriffs Department, Rebekah Gay is shown. John D. White, a central Michigan pastor accused of beating and strangling Gay to fulfill a sexual fantasy was engaged to the Gay's mother, says Donna Houghton, a longtime member of Christ Community Fellowship, near Mount Pleasant. White was arraigned Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 on first-degree murder charges. White told investigators he repeatedly struck Gay's head with a mallet then strangled her.
BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — As police frantically worked to figure out how his fiancee's 24-year-old daughter had vanished, a Michigan pastor who had turned to God to shed his violent past went to his flock with a request: pray for her.

But all along, authorities say, he knew the sordid truth about where the young mother was.

The pastor, ex-convict John D. White, later confessed to killing Rebekah Gay to fulfill a fantasy of necrophilia, police said Friday. White drank four or five beers before going to the woman's mobile home and repeatedly striking her head with a mallet and strangling her with a zip tie, according to court documents.

Police said White stripped her dead body but does not remember if he carried out his sexual fantasy. After dumping the body early Wednesday, he returned to Gay's home and dressed her 3-year-old son in his Halloween costume, then later dropped him off with the boy's father.

"He kept saying he's a bad person, he's a pastor, he felt bad for the people in his church. ... I don't recall him bring real remorseful at all with regard to the victim or anything else," Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski told The Associated Press.

"He just basically said he was attracted to her, thought she was a very cute girl. It's a crazy, tragic situation," the sheriff added.

The case shocked the pastor's roughly 14-member congregation and raised questions about how a man who had found religion after a criminal past could return to his dark past.

White was in jail without bond Friday, a day after he was charged with first-degree murder in Gay's death in a rural area in Isabella County, 85 miles northwest of Lansing. The 55-year-old has asked for a court-appointed attorney.

White was engaged to Gay's mother and regularly watched her young son while she worked, said Donna Houghton, a church elder who had a role in hiring White three years ago to be pastor at Christ Community Fellowship. Church members, she said, were "absolutely floored" by the allegations.

"I protested his innocence until I had the absolute news that he confessed. Then he had no leg to stand on," she told the AP.

Before his arrest Thursday, White called Houghton to ask that she contact other church members and start a prayer chain for Gay, who still was missing at the time.

"He was pretty shook up. He said the police were giving him a hard time," Houghton said.

White confessed that day after being told the woman's body was likely to deteriorate in the cold, wet weather, Mioduszewski said. He said his fantasy had been fueled by pornographic videos.

Houghton said the congregation was aware of White's criminal past when he joined the church. He was released from prison in 2007, after serving nearly 12 years for manslaughter in the death of a 26-year-old woman in Kalamazoo County, according to the Michigan Corrections Department.

He had previously been sentenced to probation for choking and stabbing a 17-year-old Battle Creek girl in 1981.

"He was absolutely contrite," said Houghton, 76. "All kinds of people turn around and meet the Lord and they are a different person. He was doing a lot of good in the community. ... He was doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good and Satan got to him."
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She said White got on her roof and cleaned her neglected gutters last week, a chore that inspired his Sunday talk. She recalled him saying during that sermon that "we need to check closely the seeds we sprout in ourselves. Nothing can be hidden from God."

At the trailer park on Friday, pictures of pumpkins and other Halloween decorations were still on Gay's home. Park resident Matt Brown said White regularly cut through his yard to visit Gay's trailer that was one street away.

Brown, 21, said White seemed to have scratches on his face when he told residents Wednesday that Gay was missing and that her car had been found outside a bar.

"It looked like he was in a struggle," Brown recalled.

Charles Kenworthy, another resident of the park about 11 miles west of Mount Pleasant, said the killing so close was "just scary."

"I would think they'd want to look into different people and their background before they let somebody live here," the 53-year-old said.

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John D. White was arraigned, Nov. 1, 2012, in Mount Pleasant, Mich., on first-degree murder charges and ordered jailed without bond. (AP Photo)

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:04 pm

Pastor Kills Daughter Of Fiancee To Carry Out Sexual Fantasy With Dead Body

NOVEMBER 02, 2012 MEMPHIS RAP

A Michigan pastor is accused of beating, strangling and killing the daughter of his future wife. John D. White, an ex-convict, hired on by church members three years ago, admitted to killing 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in her trailer on Wednesday.

According to police, John D. White, 55, stated he strangled her with a zip tie and beat her skull in with a mallet before hiding her body in the woods as her 3 year-old boy waited in the mobile home.

White stated that he stripped Rebekah Gay but didn’t remember if he had carried out his sexual fantasy of having sex with her dead corpse. White allegedly had been fantasizing about Gay for the past few weeks before he carried out his act.

After killing and hiding the body of Rebekah Gay, White told authorities he went back in the home to dress Gay’s little boy in a Halloween costume because the young boy was going to be with his dad. Friends of Gay state that White frequently watched the boy as his mother worked.

Prior to police being taken to the body of Gay, John D. White had asked church members to pray for the mother who was reported missing on Wednesday.

Police as well as friends grew suspicious of White and his story so he was taken in for questioning. White admitted to killing Gay and was arrested Thursday.

John D. White’s criminal past includes manslaughter for the death of a 26-year-old in which he served 12 years before getting out in 2007 and choking and stabbing a 17 year-old teen girl in 1981.

White has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rebekah Gay without bond.

A preliminary is scheduled for John D. White on Nov. 8 with Judge William Rush.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:06 pm

A Michigan pastor has been charged with the murder of his fiance’s daughter.

According to Fox News, ex-convict and current pastor John D. White confessed to police that he had killed 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in her trailer in central Michigan. White, who is engaged to Gay’s mother, was reportedly fulfilling a sexual fantasy when he beat and strangled the young woman.

White told police that he beat Gay with a mallet and used a zip tie to strangle her. The pastor also said that he stripped the woman naked before dragging her out to the woods. The pastor said that he did not remember if he fulfilled his fantasy of having sex with her dead body.

Police report that after White took Gay’s body into the woods he returned to the trailer to help the woman’s 3-year-old son get dressed in his Halloween costume.

Donna Houghton, a 76-year-old who was partly responsible for hiring White at the Christ Community Fellowship Church, said that she was “absolutely floored” to learn about the pastor’s confession.

The shock that Houghton experienced may have come from the fact that White organized a prayer service shortly after Gay went missing. Houghton said that White called her up and asked the 14 members of the church to start a prayer chain to help find the missing girl.

Houghton said that the church was aware of White’s criminal past when he became a pastor. According to the Associated Press, White was released from prison in 2007 after serving a 12 year sentence for the manslaughter of a 26-year-old woman.

Houghton said that White found the lord and turned away from sin. The devil, however, had other plans for the pastor.

Houghton said:

“He was absolutely contrite. All kinds of people turn around and meet the Lord and they are a different person. He was doing a lot of good in the community. … He was doing a lot of good and Satan did not want him doing good, and Satan got to him.”

White led police to Gay’s body on Wednesday. He was charged with first-degree murder and is currently in jail without bond.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:58 am

Rebekah Gay slaying suspect, John D. White, to face psychiatric evaluation before trial

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The man who confessed to murdering 24-year-old Rebekah Gay inside her Broomfield Township home on Halloween will face a psychiatric evaluation before standing trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

John D. White, 55, was scheduled for a preliminary examination in Isabella County Trial Court at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

But Trial Court Administrator Lance Dexter said White was neither brought over to the courthouse from Isabella County Jail nor was the matter brought before Judge William R. Rush.

Dexter said Prosecutor Risa Scully met with Mount Pleasant attorney Gordon M. Bloem, the assigned public defender in the case, and decided the preliminary examination needed to be rescheduled to allow time for the psychiatric evaluation and forensic processing of evidence in the case.

The evaluation will determine if White is mentally competent to stand trial and whether he can be held criminally responsible.

The preliminary examination, which will determine if there is enough probable cause to bind the case over to Circuit Court, will likely be rescheduled for a date 30 to 60 days from now, he said. A new court date has not yet been set, Dexter said.

White was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and open murder after confessing to Isabella County Sheriff deputies that he killed Gay inside her home in a Broomfield Township trailer park in the early morning hours of Oct. 31. The man was in a relationship with Gay's mother and introduced himself as the older woman's fiancé, according to neighbors.

According to an affidavit filed with the court, White also admitted to fantasizing about killing Gay and having sex with her dead body for weeks and said he watched pornography depicting acts of necrophilia. He told police where he disposed of the body and other evidence in the case, which deputies reported finding where White told them to look, court documents state.

Evidence has been sent to a Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis, according to Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.

The prosecutor has declined to comment on the case, other than a media release Scully's office set out after White's Nov. 1 arraignment. Bloem could not immediately be reached for comment.

At least one spectator showed up Thursday to see what happened during White's first court date since the arraignment — a member of Christ Community Fellowship, where the alleged murderer had been a pastor. The church member declined to comment.

If convicted of first-degree murder, White would face a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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Hearing Delayed for Accused Killer

November 09, 2012

John White sent for competency evaluation

A psychiatric exam will slow down the criminal case against a central Michigan pastor charged with killing a young woman in her trailer. A key hearing scheduled for Thursday in Isabella County was postponed. Court administrator Lance Dexter says that John D. White will undergo a competency evaluation. White is an ex-convict who settled outside Mount Pleasant and became pastor of a tiny church, Christ Community Fellowship. Police say he confessed to killing Rebekah Gay as part of a sexual fantasy. She was bludgeoned and strangled on October 31st, and her nude body was dumped in the woods. White has convictions for manslaughter in Kalamazoo County and for nearly killing a teen girl in Battle Creek.

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White will spend the next 56 years and three months in jail, the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement, for the murder of Rebekah Jane Gay, a judge ruled today in Isabella County.

White, 55, pleaded guilty on March 27 in Isabella County Trial Court to second-degree murder as a habitual third offender for killing of 24-year-old Gay at her home on Coldwater Road in Broomfield Township near Mount Pleasant on Oct. 31, 2012.

The sentencing came after an emotional plea from Gay's mother, Sally Gay, for Chief Circuit Court Judge Paul H. Chamberlain to impose the maximum sentence on White allowed under the plea sentencing guidelines.

Gay read a statement while White sat clad in an orange jumpsuit, shackled in chains and handcuffs. Whit'e beard was untrimmed and his hair hung nearly to his jawline. He sat showing little emotion, periodically looking back at the crowd in attendance during the proceedings.

"I stand here today to be the voice of Rebekah because she no longer has a voice," Gay said as her daughter and Rebekah Gay's sister, Deborah Gay, stood by for support.

Sally Gay asked why White was let out of prison twice before after committing "heinous crimes" against two other women.

Conway, Rebekah Gay's 4-year-old son, and her "pride and joy" is the one who will suffer the most because of Gay's murder, Sally Gay said.

"Someone who showed no mercy to Rebekah is now on the mercy of the court," she said.

Chamberlain sentenced White to a minimum of 56 years and three months minimum and 85 years maximum.

The plea agreement stipulated a sentence of 22 years, 6 months minimum to 56 years, 3 months maximum, the judge said.

About 30 people gathered inside the courtroom as Chamberlain handed down the sentence. Several in the group were wearing shirts that read "We love you Bekah Boo" and "Never Forgotten."

Deborah Gay said the family wants to see a registry created for violent offenders and murderers like White, noting her sister might be alive today if she knew about White's past, which included the killing of a woman in 1994 in Kalamazoo County and assault with intent to murder in Calhoun County in 1981.

He served more than 12 years for involuntary manslaughter for the 1994 case. He was sentenced to and about 2 years for the assault after his 5- to 10-year sentence was overturned on an appeal.

Rebekah Gay was "the heart and soul" of the family, Sally Gay said, and she was ready to start her own family with boyfriend Aaron Quinn, who had planned to give her a diamond ring on the night of her murder.

Quinn's sister, Teresa Fisher, said following the sentencing that she was pleased to see that the minimum sentence was 56 years. She said Aaron Quinn is still suffering badly from the loss of Gay, but he and other members of his family are happy that the Gay family is wiling to let Conway remain in their lives.

White was arrested on Oct. 31 on charges of first-degree murder and open murder after police say he confessed to Isabella County Sheriff deputies that he killed Gay inside her home at a trailer park earlier that morning. The two were neighbors and White was engaged to Gay's mother.

Police believe White went inside and attacked Rebekah Gay in the hallway, using a rubber mallet to hit her several times on the head and tightening a zip-tie around her neck to stop her breathing.

Police have said Gay's son, Conway, who was 3 at the time, was home during the attack and that White cared for the boy before delivering him to his father after dressing him in his Halloween costume.

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