Pastor Among 8 Indicted in Fatal New York Church Beating

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

7 suspects in Chadwicks church case charged with murder.

NEW HARTFORD — Three new people have been charged tonight in the beating death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard at the Word of Life church in Chadwicks, including Pastor Tiffanie Irwin.Police initially charged the boys’ parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard, with manslaughter, and arrested the others on an array of charges, including assault. — The pastor of an insular New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured was among seven people charged Tuesday with murder.

Church Pastor Tiffanie Irwin, Joseph Irwin, David Morey, Bruce Leonard, Sarah Ferguson, Linda Morey, Traci Irwin and Daniel Irwin are facing charges including second-degree murder, manslaughter, kidnapping and gang assault. Also named were the victims’ father, Bruce Leonard; their half-sister Sarah Ferguson; and two other church members — Linda Morey and her son, David Morey. Her attorney, Devin Garramone, said she would be arraigned next week on charges of first-degree assault in the death of Lucas Leonard and second-degree assault for the attack on Christopher Leonard. Garramone has said the mother felt helpless to stop an “intervention” that she didn’t expect to become so harsh and he didn’t believe she caused the fatal injuries. At a hearing last month, Christopher Leonard testified that Tiffanie Irwin asked the Leonard family and some others to stay behind for a meeting after an eight-hour Sunday service.

Over what he estimated was six or more hours, the teen said he was pummeled with fists and whipped with a 4-foot, folded electrical cord on the back and elsewhere, suffering injuries to his torso and genitals. After the attack, the beating victims’ relatives wouldn’t tell officers where to find the injured Christopher Leonard, who ultimately was located on the church’s second floor, investigators said.

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