Posted: Oct 5, 2012 3:00 PM by Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man accused of murdering a suburban Fort Worth pastor and beating a church secretary before stealing her car is testifying in his own defense.
Steven Lawayne Nelson began his testimony Friday in state district court in Fort Worth. That was after prosecutors rested their case in March 2011 slaying of the Rev. Clint Dobson at the Arlington church where he was pastor. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Nelson denied killing the minister and beating his secretary. He insisted that he remained outside the NorthPointe Baptist Church while two friends went inside and committed the deed.
However, he admitted that he entered the church and stepped around the bodies of the victims, who were still breathing, to steal a laptop computer.
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