OSBI: Okla. Pastor's Body 'Staged' by Killer

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Authorities in Oklahoma say the body of a murdered pastor was moved into an unnatural position after the killing, but did not elaborate.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Thursday that the body of 61-year-old Carol Daniels was "staged" in the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko.

Investigators are reviewing video surveillance tapes looking for clues regarding the brutal murder of Daniels over the weekend, Oklahoma police told The Associated Press.

Police Capt. Dewayne Miller wouldn't say what the images contain, but said the surveillance was in the area where Daniels was discovered on Sunday.

A preliminary autopsy found the cause of death was "multiple sharp force injuries." Authorities currently have no leads or suspects, but are treating the death as a homicide.

Investigators have been quiet about the details of the case, but on Wednesday, officials warned pastors in Anadarko that they should take precautions at their churches, raising the question as to why authorities would choose to meet with pastors only, and not the community at large.

District Attorney Bret Burns had described the crime scene as "horrific," the worst he has ever seen, and he wanted to make sure pastors in the area knew how to handle the situation.

"We talked about security issues within their churches and their congregations," Burns said. "We asked them to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings and their church locations."

According to a local NBC television affiliate, the doors to the church were locked and there were no signs of forcible entry. Burns did not rule out the possibility that the killer specifically targeted a pastor or a church.

"There are a lot of things we're not prepared to rule out," he said. "I'm concerned about the nature of this crime. I'm concerned about the community."

"The very fact that you have a preacher killed in her church in the middle of the day on a Sunday is alarming," Burns said.

Burns also indicated that he would seek the death penalty.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Daniels' murder.

Anadarko is located about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

 

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