Report Shows Marijuana in Slain Pastor’s Body

A new toxicology report for a slain Chattanooga pastor, David Strong, states he had drugs in his system the day he was murdered, according to a local newspaper. Anita Burgess, the mother of 25-year-old Antonio Henry, who is accused in his death, says the report reveals a side of Strong’s character when he wasn’t at the pulpit.

“When you’re doing wrong how can you talk to other people about God? When you’re not doing right by God and you’re suppose to be a pastor,” Burgess says.

According to a Times Free Press article, toxicology reports show the pastor’s body tested positive for the main chemical in marijuana, THC. Marijuana  came up in a preliminary hearing earlier this week where Henry appeared to face first-degree murder charges. Detective Michael Wenger took the stand in that hearing. Wenger says Henry admitted to attacking the pastor and taking his car and debit card.

“He also told me he took a dime bag of marijuana, some change that he found in the residence and a gold ring,” Wenger testified.

Burgess says she also believes her son’s account that he snapped after the pastor made sexual advances.

“I believe he tried to do something to those boys,” she says.

But David Brooks, who leads a mentoring group at Strong’s St. Paul AME Church, says he isn’t rushing to judgement.

“There’s always three sides to every story. His side, their side and the truth. And it does Pastor Strong a disservice when he can’t plead his case,” Brooks says.

Brooks, says even though Strong is no longer here, he and church members will continue to support their leader.

“There people I’ve known to test positive or marijuana who never used the illegal substance but as in the environment of the use,” he says.

Source: News Channel 9

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