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Man charged with harassing jury in NC church abuse case

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Screen shot of the Word of Faith Fellowship church from AP video (Courtesy: AP) Screen shot of the Word of Faith Fellowship church from AP video (Courtesy: AP)
Brooke Covington leaves hearing at Ruftherford County Courthouse (Source: Associated Press) Brooke Covington leaves hearing at Ruftherford County Courthouse (Source: Associated Press)
SPINDALE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Latest on the trial of a North Carolina minister accused of orchestrating the beating of a gay congregant (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Several former members of a church whose minister is on trial on charges of beating a gay congregant say they don't recognize a man who was accused of harassing the jury.

Chad Metcalf was brought before Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus in handcuffs Tuesday after he allegedly told jurors they need to reach a verdict in the case. The jury began deliberating Monday and resumed Tuesday.

Metcalf's connection to the case, if any, was not immediately clear. Several former members of the church who were in the courtroom told The Associated Press they didn't know or recognize Metcalf.

Court records show a man by the same name had a court date Tuesday on a charge of driving with a revoked license.

Brooke Covington, a longtime minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, is accused of leading the 2013 beating to expel Fenner's "homosexual demons."

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11:30 a.m.

A man has been charged with harassing the jurors deliberating in the trial of a North Carolina minister accused of beating a congregant to expel his "homosexual demons."

The man apparently told jurors in a hallway Tuesday that they needed to reach a verdict. Deliberations began Monday and resumed Tuesday morning.

The man was brought before Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus in handcuffs. Gavenus told the man he takes the matter seriously and set his bail at $100,000. Gavenus said the man could face 39 months in prison.

Brooke Covington, a longtime minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, is accused of leading the 2013 beating to expel Fenner's "homosexual demons."

If convicted, Covington faces two years in prison. Four others will be tried separately.

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5 a.m.

More than four years after Matthew Fenner said he was beaten by members of his North Carolina church for being gay, the fate of one of his ministers is in the hands of a jury.

Brooke Covington, a longtime minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, is accused of leading the 2013 beating to expel Fenner's "homosexual demons."

Fenner said he was punched, choked and screamed at for two hours in the sanctuary in January 2013.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Monday and will resume deliberating Tuesday.

Prosecutor Garland Byers said Fenner was held against his will and attacked. Defense lawyer David Teddy said Fenner requested the form of prayer.

If convicted, Covington faces two years in prison. Four others will be tried separately.

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